FAIRMONT, W.Va. (WV Information) – After saying residents’ skill to register for the COVID-19 vaccine final week, the Marion County Well being Division reported an enormous response from the neighborhood.
The web registration, which may be accessed by way of the division’s Fb web page, permits those that signal as much as be included on the vaccine listing, which might be administered to the neighborhood as extra doses develop into out there.
Lloyd White, administrator for the native well being division, stated the response reveals that many within the space are taking vaccination significantly to battle the pandemic.
“It is unbelievable,” White stated. “We checked (Thursday) afternoon and we preserve scrolling and scrolling by names. … We wished to simplify the method ”.
Whereas Marion County continues to be in crimson on the DHHR color-coded map of West Virginia, the county’s every day positivity share charge has been constantly beneath 10% since January 10, hitting simply the 6% on January 13.
Although the every day positivity charge is the bottom in a number of weeks, White stated it is not low sufficient for her liking.
“I am not able to say (that is excellent news) but, as a result of I want to see a couple of days in a row the place we have now a downward pattern,” White stated. “Being beneath 10% is a step in the suitable course, however truthfully, I can’t really feel comfy till we’re at Three-Four%, and 10% continues to be too excessive.”
Practically Three,700 assessments have been administered and processed between Jan.eight and Thursday, which White stated is nice, however nonetheless too low. He stated the extra assessments the well being division and different entities can develop, the higher, and for quite a lot of causes.
“The extra you check, the extra perception you may have about situations in the neighborhood,” White stated. “The one strategy to actually discover out is by testing. The opposite facet of that’s that once we speak about percentages, the extra individuals we analyze, the extra negatives we have now and our positivity charge decreases. When that charge decreases, we are able to assume that there’s much less neighborhood transmission. “
White stated he’s additionally involved in regards to the circumstances reported to this point by Fairmont State College, which reported almost 100 constructive circumstances through the first week of again to highschool.
“It displays the neighborhood,” White stated. “We all know what is occurring in the neighborhood. Every thing we have now in a congregated atmosphere displays the circumstances in the neighborhood. It’s a concern. … Anytime we are able to cut back a congregation setting for no matter motive, we are able to cut back the transition. “
White additionally continued to plead with the neighborhood to not name the well being division for info on the vaccine. As an alternative, it directed individuals to the state’s vaccine hotline and on-line registration website.
Whereas understanding that the challenges surrounding vaccine availability are getting worse, he inspired the neighborhood to think about the method and proceed to observe established well being and security tips.
“I will say what I inform myself daily: be affected person,” White stated. “They’ve questions for which, sadly, I’ve no solutions. None of us have the solutions regionally. The questions they want solutions to can in all probability solely be answered on the state degree by way of vaccine distribution, what number of doses we get, and whether or not we’ll do them regionally or at regional vaccination clinics, which, frankly, would not work. …
“We wish to vaccinate our personal residents in our personal county, and we simply cannot do it. … I perceive the frustrations. I want I had solutions, however I do not, and that’s as irritating for me and my workers as it’s for them. “
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