Fayette Co. 6th in State for COVID Positivity Rate


Less than three full weeks into January, the total number of COVID cases in Fayette County is up 20% from the total cases in the first two years of the pandemic.

By the end of 2021, 5,720 cases had been reported. Between Jan. 1 and Jan. 19, 2022, Fayette County Public Health received reports of 1,166 additional cases. This total is preliminary and may increase as more data is released to the Ohio Department of Health.

There were 19 hospitalizations and one death reported in January.

“For context,” said Missy Smith, FCPH public information officer, “in 2020, the highest single-day number of COVID cases was 44. In 2021, the highest single-day count day was 51. So far in January, we have exceeded those numbers on 10 out of 18 days. Two days have seen case totals of more than 100 new cases per day. Community transmission is the highest since the start of the pandemic. »

Fayette County is currently sixth out of 88 counties, with a total of 3,207.7 cases per 100,000 population and a test positivity rate of 29.3% over the past two weeks. The statewide average is just over 2,000 per 100,000 population.

“Please keep in mind that these numbers do not include positive cases from unmonitored home test kits,” said FCPH Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Megan Batson. “If you are using one of the home testing kits,” she added, “you should always follow the isolation guidelines, which can be found on our website, faycohd.org.”

COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths

The data below reflects activity reported over the past seven days.

– 6,886 cases (+674)

– 452 hospitalizations (+11)

– 87 deaths (+2)

– 5,549 presumed cured (+204)

Protect yourself from COVID-19 during this period of extremely high transmission

– Stay at home when sick, except to consult a doctor.

– Wear a properly fitted mask that covers your nose and mouth as much as possible, especially in public places and when you are with people who are not part of the household.

– Get the COVID vaccine as well as a booster.

– Continue to practice social distancing by keeping six feet away from others.

– Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated indoor spaces.

– Consider limiting unnecessary indoor activities

– If you are immunocompromised or have an immunocompromised person in your household, please consider taking extra precautions by limiting unnecessary activities until community transmission decreases.

COVID test

Free tests by mail

Every household in the United States can order four free COVID-⁠19 home tests. It is strongly recommended that you order tests now so that you have them when you need them. Visit covidtests.gov to order. Orders will usually ship within 7-12 days. If you do not have access to a computer or the Internet, Carnegie Public Library staff encourages you and invites you to visit the library to use a computer there to order your tests.

Purchase trials

Over-the-counter rapid test kits can still be purchased at many places, such as pharmacies and grocery stores.

health care providers

The tests are also available at many urgent care centers, community health centers, retail outlets and pop-up sites. The ODH website has a searchable map of testing locations at https://bit.ly/odhtest. Each testing location has its own inventory controls and protocols. When finding a testing location, it is important to call ahead to make sure tests are available and to determine how to access the tests.

Excluding tests

Fayette County Public Health and Carnegie Public Library no longer have home testing kits. Ohio State is currently prioritizing K-12 schools and higher education with the limited testing supply. The health department and library staff will notify the public when test kits are available again.

FCPH does not provide testing to the health department.

Testing is an important tool, but only one of the tools available to help protect against COVID-19. The best way to protect yourself is to stay up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations. Vaccinations, including timely boosters, combined with mask-wearing, social distancing, frequent hand-washing, and staying home when sick, can help prevent illness and the need for possible tests.

Vaccination

– 13,165 started (46% of the eligible population)

– 12,119 completed (42% of the eligible population)

– 5,459 additional doses

COVID vaccines are free. They are safe and effective in reducing the risk of serious illness or death from COVID. Appointments and masks are mandatory for all clinics. Please bring your COVID vaccination record if you have already received at least one dose and your health insurance card if you are getting your flu shot.

Schedule of FCPH vaccination clinics Week of January 24 to 28:

January 24 – Moderna 1st or 2nd dose, reminder, call 740-335-5910 to schedule.

January 25 – The three vaccines and boosters COVID-19, influenza and high-dose influenza from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Fayette County fairgrounds. Schedule online at faycohd.org/events or by phone – 740-335-5910. (CFPH office will be closed so staff can be offsite at the clinic)

January 26 – Johnson & Johnson 1st dose or booster, call 740-335-5910 to schedule.

January 28 – Pfizer 1st or 2nd dose, booster, pediatric, call 740-335-5910 to schedule.

Stay up to date on the status of COVID in our community by visiting the Fayette County Public Health website at faycohd.org.

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