FCPH reports 19 new cases of COVID-19

Drive-thru flu clinic coming Monday

By Jennifer Woods - jwoods@aimmediamidwest.com

In Friday’s update from Fayette County Public Health (FCPH), it was reported that 19 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed and two more individuals hospitalized.

With the new cases, the cumulative number of local cases was at 503 Friday with 96 remaining active. There were a reported 125 individuals being monitored who came into contact with an ill person. Recovery numbers will be updated on Monday, according to the social media post from FCPH.

Fayette County remains at risk level three (red) on the Ohio Public Health Advisory System, indicating “very high exposure and spread.”

Not only did the social media post from FCPH serve as an update on local COVID-19 cases, it served as a reminder to the community about the county’s first-ever drive-thru flu clinic.

The clinic will be on Monday from 3-6 p.m. for flu vaccine administration. Anyone 6 months and older can get a vaccine.

Self-pay cost is $25 for a regular dose and $65 for a high dose (for 65 years and older).

The following insurance providers are accepted by FCPH: Aetna, Aetna Medicare, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, Anthem BCBS Medicare, Buckeye, Caresource, Cigna (Allied Health), Medicaid of Ohio, Medical Mutual, Medicare B (for flu and pneumonia Only), Molina, Ohio PPO Connect, Paramount, United HealthCare, and United HealthCare Community Plan.

FCPH is unable to process Humana or Medigold insurance at the drive-thru clinic. Those with insurance through Humana or Medigold should call 740-335-5910 to schedule a flu shot at the health department instead of going to the drive-thru clinic.

Masks are required for the clinic, and vaccines will be given on a first-come, first-serve basis.

As previously reported, getting a flu vaccine is more important than ever. Flu vaccines have been shown to reduce the risk of flu illness, hospitalization, and death and can help save medical resources this fall and winter. According to the CDC, it is possible to have flu, as well as other respiratory illnesses, and COVID-19 at the same time.

The clinic will be held at the Fayette County Fairgrounds, 213 Fairview Ave. in Washington C.H. Participants are to enter the grounds from U.S. 62/ Leesburg Avenue.

Reach journalist Jennifer Woods at 740-313-0355.

Drive-thru flu clinic coming Monday

By Jennifer Woods