LISBON — The variety of Covid-19 circumstances rose in different components of the state this week and Columbiana County numbers additionally rose barely.
One location the place coronavirus considerations have returned is on the Columbiana County jail, which is reportedly awaiting extra conclusive take a look at outcomes after some inmates acquired constructive speedy take a look at outcomes, in line with county Well being Commissioner Wes Vins.
After talking to the jail warden Friday morning, Vins stated he’s assured the jail is figuring out and segregating those that probably got here involved with doubtlessly constructive inmates. He additionally has spoken with the county commissioners, Sheriff Brian McLaughlin and court docket personnel, to ensure everyone seems to be notified who could deal frequently with these inmates.
Vins identified the jail has been by way of this earlier than and the personnel know the protocols. The identical downside happens on the jail as on the federal jail in Elkton. It’s tough in such a facility to maintain everybody distant from one another.
The doable outbreak comes proper earlier than a deliberate vaccination on the county jail. Laura Fauss, public info officer on the well being division, stated they’re planning to provide Johnson & Johnson vaccines, that are the one-dose vaccines, on the jail. With individuals coming and going from the jail facility, it’s harder to get somebody to return for a second vaccine dose in a few month.
There have been 46 constructive Covid-19 exams in Columbiana County between March 19 and 26. This previous week there have been an extra 54 circumstances. In response to the Ohio Division of Well being, there now have been 8,378 circumstances within the county with 472 hospitalized and 222 deaths associated to the coronavirus.
As numbers have dropped general the final couple of months and Columbiana County stays at orange for a second week on the Ohio Public Well being Advisory System, the variety of individuals coming to the vaccination complicated additionally has dropped off. On Friday, the well being division had solely about 300 individuals signed up for a clinic deliberate from midday to six p.m. on the fairgrounds when there have been 500 doses obtainable.
Fauss stated at this level, practically 27 p.c of county residents are at the very least partially vaccinated and 18 p.c absolutely vaccinated, however the entire vaccination companions are seeing a lower within the numbers of individuals now looking for the shot. Within the county’s older populations, 62 p.c of these 80 and older have had each doses, adopted by about 57 p.c of these ages 70 to 79 and 45 p.c of these 65 to 69.
Whereas the well being division plans to proceed doing the second dose clinics on the vaccination complicated on the fairgrounds for many who have already come there for his or her first dose, the primary dose clinics will now not be held there. Fauss stated it’s a matter of utilizing their staffing sources higher.
Understanding that extra individuals have been looking for the one dose vaccine and youthful individuals work by way of the week, the well being division is planning a Johnson & Johnson clinic on Saturday, April 10, on the county Profession Heart. There solely shall be between 250 and 300 doses obtainable for this clinic. These all in favour of reserving a dose ought to name 330-429-5197 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday by way of Friday.
After that, Fauss stated the present plan is to begin vaccinating individuals by appointment on the well being division. Nevertheless, at that time the nurses additionally will start opening the well being division up for these looking for different companies as nicely. As an illustration, childhood immunizations are down from the previous and folks have been letting screenings go over the previous yr because of the pandemic. These issues will once more quickly be obtainable on the well being division.
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