Friday, December 10, 2021 7:46 PM
This week, the Indiana State Department of Health alerted Kosciusko County to having recently achieved a “red” high-risk COVID designation, according to a press release from the Kosciusko County Department of Health .
âWe are now joining most of the counties in northern Indiana in this very unfortunate risk category,â said Dr. William L. Remington Jr., Kosciusko County public health official. âCommunity transmission is very, very high. The burden of illness remains telling, with regional intensive care units and their staff and ventilation beds being pushed beyond capacity. Deaths escalate. The delta variant of COVID continues to find every nook and cranny of vulnerability among the population. I’ll be blunt: if you’re not immune you’ll get COVID.
âCDC and IDOH continue to appropriately recommend a multi-level mitigation strategy in communities, like ours, with high transmission of COVID. All of those things you’ve been hearing for months are still in play and needed more intentionally. Specifically, universal masking in schools will help secure lifelong learning in school. Indiana’s Communicable Disease Rule continues to appropriately require the reporting of COVID cases, contact investigation, isolation of sick people, and quarantine of close non-sick contacts. Universal masking in schools has been shown to be so effective that the communicable disease rule allows an exception for contact quarantine in this setting. It’s enormous. Fewer students, staff and administration will have to return home and fewer buildings will close, âsaid Remington.
âVaccination, however, remains our most powerful tool. Most intensive care admits and deaths are not vaccinated. The revolutionary cases with Delta increase several months after the primary dosage, and it is now known that the strengthening is clearly necessary and very effective. This will likely significantly mitigate the damage caused by any new variant of concern, such as Omicron, âhe continued.
âOur community is fortunate to have free resources to help you. Testing at the state-funded Bowen Health Center testing site at Kosciusko County Fairgrounds is available, without an appointment, most days of the week. Kosciusko County Health Department, local pharmacies, regional medical centers and mobile public vaccination clinics have strong vaccination capacity. Call 211 or log on to ourshot.in.gov to find the one that’s right for you.
âAct, if not for yourself, then for the love of your neighbor. We will do it. “
Submit a comment
Please complete the form below to submit a comment.
* indicates a required field
A comment must be approved by our staff before it is posted on the website.
- Myanmar: Facebook promotes content inciting violence against coup plotters – study | Burma
- Chico’s new homeless site funded by city’s COVID-19 funds
- UFO report: no sign of aliens, but 143 mysterious objects defy explanation
- Teams at the site of the collapse find a body, bringing the death toll to five