WVALHD ‘SLOW THE SURGE’ Campaign
The following is a media advisory from the Monroe County Health Department.
The Monroe County Health Department is advising the public that current rates of COVID-19 transmission are HIGH and are forecasted to increase during the upcoming weeks.
We anticipate rates of new COVID-19 infections in the range of those seen in January of 2021 resulting in some serious illness and death. Rates of COVID-19 related to hospital admissions, admissions to intensive care units, and ventilator use are likewise increasing.
Cases reports to the Monroe County Health Department in the month of August have crossed all ages from young children to older adults. Active COVID cases are the highest numbers Monroe County has seen since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Delta Variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus is the dominant circulating strain causing more than 90% of recent infections in WV. Reports indicate that severely ill patients in local hospitals are much more likely to be unvaccinated than all reported cases, consistent with recently published reports regarding the protective qualities of COVID vaccination.
Monroe County residents are being advised of these events so that they can make appropriate decisions to protect themselves and others against COVID-19 infection. Monroe County Health Department is asking residents to help “Shorten the Surge” by taking the following steps:
- Get vaccinated if not vaccinated and complete your vaccination series to become fully vaccinated. Individuals with specific immune deficiencies also have the availability of a third dose to increase the likelihood of vaccine protection.
- Mask up in all indoor public spaces, whether you are vaccinated or not and do so until the surge is over and the risk decreases. Consider also masking in crowded outdoor spaces.
- Maintain distance at all times as much as possible in public space.
- Use contactless or contact lowering services as much as possible.
- Continue to wash hands and sanitize surfaces frequently.
- Get tested for COVID if you develop any symptoms or have been exposed to someone who is infected with COVID.
- Participate in any COVID testing screening available at your school or work.
- Monitor the ongoing COVID trends using the WV DHHR COVID-19 Dashboard and the CDC CDC COVID Data Tracker
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200 Health Center Drive
Union, WV 24983
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Working together to enhance, promote, and protect the health of residents and the communities we serve
The Monroe Health Center contracts with the Monroe County Health Department for Public Health Services, and it is the only site in West Virginia where the local primary care center and the Public Health Department is integrated into one facility. This allows residents more convenient access to public health services.
Administrative/Nursing: Julie Mundell
Health Department Nurse: Morgan Sams
Environmental: Laykan Clowers
Health Officer: Travis Hansbarger, MD
Shelby Jennings, Board of Health Chair
If you are a health, mental health, or medical professional and you would be willing to assist the Health Department as a volunteer should the need arise, please let us know by registering as a volunteer in WVREDI. You can find out about WVREDI and also register by clicking on this link: www.wvredi.org.
If you have already volunteered and you are seeking training to prepare you for this role, you can find out about courses by clicking on this link: http://training.fema.gov/IS. You should especially consider the IS-100 and the IS-700 courses; these are free and can be completed on-line.
Looking for information on how to be prepared for a disaster? Prepare, plan, stay informed, and be ready by clicking here: www.ready.gov
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