FAIRMONT, W.Va. (WV Information) — After saying the flexibility of residents to register for the COVID-19 vaccination final week, the Marion County Well being Division has reported an unlimited response from the group.
The net registration, which might be accessed by means of the division’s Fb web page, permits those that signal as much as be placed on the listing for the vaccine, which shall be administered to the group as extra doses change into obtainable.
Lloyd White, administrator of the native well being division, stated the response exhibits that many within the space are critical about taking the vaccine to combat in opposition to the pandemic.
“It’s unbelievable,” White stated. “We checked it (Thursday) afternoon, and we simply saved scrolling and scrolling by means of names. … We needed to simplify the method.”
Whereas Marion County remains to be listed as pink on the West Virginia DHHR’s color-coded map, the county’s every day p.c positivity fee has been steadily under 10% since Jan. 10, reaching as little as 6% on Jan. 13.
Regardless of the every day p.c positivity fee being the bottom its been in fairly just a few weeks, White stated it isn’t practically low sufficient for his liking.
“I’m not able to say (it’s excellent news) simply fairly but, as a result of I want to see just a few consecutive days the place we’re trending down,” White stated. “Being below 10% is a step in the suitable path, however truthfully, I gained’t be snug till we’re down to three or 4%, and 10% remains to be too excessive.”
Almost 3,700 exams got and processed between Jan. 8 by means of Thursday, which White stated is nice, however nonetheless too low. He stated the extra exams the well being division and different entities can develop, the higher, and for a wide range of causes.
“The extra you take a look at, the larger thought you will have about situations locally,” White stated. “The one strategy to actually discover that out is thru testing. The opposite facet of that’s, once we discuss percentages, the extra folks we take a look at, the extra negatives we now have, and our positivity fee decreases. When that fee decreases, we will assume there’s much less group transmission.”
White stated he’s additionally involved with the instances reported to this point by Fairmont State College, which reported near 100 constructive instances in the course of the first week of the return to highschool.
“It mirrors the group,” White stated. “We all know that’s occurring locally. Something we now have in a congregate setting, it’s reflective of the instances locally. It’s a priority. … Any time we will lower a congregate setting for any cause, we will lower the transition.”
White additionally continued to plead with the group to not name the well being division for data on the vaccine. He as an alternative directed folks to the state’s vaccine cellphone line and the web registration web site.
Whereas he understands the challenges surrounding vaccine availability are aggravating, he inspired the group to think about the method and proceed to comply with the established well being and security tips.
“I’ll say what I inform myself every day: Have endurance,” White stated. “They’ve questions that I, sadly, don’t have the solutions for. None of us have the solutions on an area stage. The questions that they want solutions to can in all probability solely be answered on the state stage when it comes to vaccine distribution, what number of doses we get and if we’re going to do them regionally or at regional vaccination clinics, which, fairly frankly, don’t work. …
“We wish to get vaccinations in our personal county for our personal residents, and we simply merely can’t try this. … I perceive the frustrations. I want I had solutions, however I don’t, and that’s as irritating to me and my workers as it’s to them.”
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