LISBON — COVID-19 case numbers are rising in the region, including in Columbiana County, with residents reminded to stay home if sick, get a COVID-19 test and get the vaccine or booster get it if you haven’t already.
“We are higher than ever” said health district spokeswoman Laura Fauss.
On November 18, she stated that the number of COVID-19 cases was 274. Just two weeks ago, on November 3, the number was 110, but she also said the numbers have been up and down since September. Weekly numbers since September 8 rose from 130 to 188 to 131 and 107. On October 6 the number of cases fell to 35, then rose to 126, fell to 93 and died again to 71 before picking up in early November .
“We are not as high as last year” She said.
In addition to serving as Public Information Officer, Fauss also serves as Environmental Health Program Manager.
The number of cases reported in the week of November 22, 2021 was 584. In the second week of January this year, after the end of the holiday, the number of cases was 1,000.
She said the numbers may not be as high this year because people aren’t testing and if they are, the results aren’t necessarily reported to the health department.
For this time of year, an increase in numbers is not that surprising, Fauss said.
With Thanksgiving just a few days away, residents are being reminded to test themselves before gathering in a group. Stay home if you have symptoms.
She explained that if the test is positive, the protocol is to stay at home for five days from the onset of symptoms. After that, if a person no longer has symptoms, they can go outside, but should wear a mask for five days.
The Health Department has free COVID-19 home testing kits available at the office at 7360 State Route 45, Lisbon for anyone who walks in. The Moderna vaccine is also still available free of charge to adults 18 and older by calling 330-424-0272 for an appointment.
During the Health Committee meeting last week, Chief of Medical Services
Jamie Elenz reported that there has been an increase in upper respiratory tract infections alongside COVID-19 and some flu diseases. The department still has a flu vaccine available.
She addressed a measles outbreak in central Ohio, but said there were no cases here and reports said measles had been seen in unvaccinated individuals. The MMR vaccination is mandatory from the age of 1 and before entering kindergarten. She also reported that there is no monkeypox in the county.
During the meeting, Environment Director Lori Barnes addressed Thanksgiving and noted that people should defrost their turkey in the fridge, not on the counter. After dinner, the food should be put away.
For information on COVID-19 and other health tips, visit the County Health District’s website at www.columbiana-health.org or the County Health District’s Facebook page.
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