Local COVID hospitalizations increase in August


The Record-Herald



During the month of August, 17 Fayette County residents were hospitalized due to COVID-19 — more hospitalizations than the months of April, May, June and July combined, according to Fayette County Public Health (FCPH).

COVID-19 hospitalizations in August were: 76% unvaccinated, 24% vaccinated.

As COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations, and deaths increase, the unvaccinated continue to be most at risk, according to FCPH.

FCPH will be closing its lobby to the public effective Tuesday, Sept. 7. FCPH will limit services to essential services so that staff efforts can be redirected to case investigations and contact tracing. Most services are offered by appointment only. Please call ahead to schedule an appointment or verify that a service is being offered.

Immunizations – Please call 740-335-5910 to schedule a COVID-19 or other immunization.

Birth and Death Certificates – Please call ahead for a birth or death certificate. (Appointments are not required – you are welcome to call from the parking lot).

Help Me Grow visits will be completed outdoors or virtually. Contact your home visitor for more information.

WIC will schedule limited services by appointment only.

In person meetings and groups (such as Fat Fighters) will not be offered at this time.

Please call 740-335-5910 for all other inquiries.

Layered Prevention Provides Best Protection in Indoor Environments

Fayette County Public Health staff shared that cases trended downward over the spring and summer months, which is when people tend to move outdoors. With the temperatures rising in August, people then spend more time indoors, which is a higher risk environment for the transmission of COVID-19. This is why a layered approach is recommended – vaccination plus universal masking plus social distance plus staying home when sick. Each measure on its own may not provide 100% protection, but utilizing all of these tools combined greatly increases our level of protection and reduces the potential for severe illness or hospitalization from COVID-19.

Vaccination

The FDA has fully approved the first COVID-19 vaccine. Get yours today to protect yourself and your loved ones from the delta variant. Visit http://faycohd.org/c19vaccination/#providers to schedule an appointment at one of our clinics or find another provider in Fayette County.

School Guidance

The Ohio Department of Health released school guidance and research on masks this week. Those can be found online (there is a link to these documents on the FCPH website – faycohd.org):

K-12 School quarantine guidance – http://faycohd.org/files/Download/K12OhioQuarantine.pdf

Mask research – http://faycohd.org/files/Download/MaskResearchSummary.pdf

COVID-19 Testing

** Please call ahead or visit websites for details, instructions and to schedule an appointment.**

Healthcare providers

– ABC Pediatrics (for patients) – 740-335-0886

– Adena at Fayette Same Day Care – Walk in or call 740-333-3333 or visit www.Adena.org/urgentcare to schedule

– HealthSource of Ohio – 740-335-8608

– Thompson Family Healthcare – 740-313-7369

– Greater Tomorrow Urgent Care, Wilmington (rapid testing) – (937) 383-1040

Pharmacies

– CVS –Schedule online: https://www.cvs.com/minuteclinic/covid-19-testing

– Walgreens (temporarily out of tests 9/2/2021) – Schedule online: https://www.walgreens.com/findcarecovidui/covid19/testing

This list is not complete at this time – it will be updated as we receive information. If you are a provider who is not on this list, please send your info to: pio@fayette-co-oh.com to be added.

Weekly Vaccination Provider Update

Fayette County Public Health (FCPH) – Clinics at FCPH are by appointment only. Schedule an appointment by calling 740-335-5910 or visiting faycohd.org.

Pfizer (12+): September 7 (2nd dose only), 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.; September 14, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.; September 24, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Moderna (18+): September 1, 7, and 28, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.; September 21, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

CVS – Visit https://www.cvs.com/immunizations/covid-19-vaccine for information on vaccine availability in your area and to schedule an appointment.

HealthSource of Ohio – Visit www.healthsourceofohio or call (740) 335-8490 to request an appointment.

Kroger – Visit kroger.com/ohiocovidvaccine or call the Kroger COVID-19 vaccine helpline at 866-211-5320.

Walgreens – Schedule through walgreens.com/schedulevaccine.The portal opens up each Saturday for Monday-Saturday appointments.

Walmart – Walmart is scheduling eligible individuals by appointment only dependent on vaccine availability. To schedule an appointment, visit walmart.com/covidvaccine.

Transportation – The Fayette County Transportation Program will transport anyone in Fayette County who needs to get their vaccine appointment, as long as they have a confirmed appointment scheduled. Anyone who needs transportation is asked to call 740-335-9628 to schedule as soon as they have an appointment time for the vaccine.

The local vaccination provider list is updated and shared weekly as a courtesy, and availability can change from day to day. Please contact the provider directly to determine which vaccine is being administered. You can also search for providers by visiting gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov.

Please note:

– Eligible individuals can receive a vaccine from any provider of their choice. The vaccine is offered at no cost at all locations. Vaccine providers can bill a patient’s insurance for a fee to administer the vaccine, but will not be able to charge the patient.

– Pfizer is the only vaccine that has been authorized for 12 years and older.

– Pfizer (Comirnaty) is fully FDA approved for individuals 16 and older.

– Parental or legal guardian permission is required for minors (12-17 years old)

– Moderna and Pfizer each require two doses. You are not fully protected until two weeks after your second dose of vaccine.

– In addition to this list, private healthcare providers may be offering the vaccine. Contact your healthcare provider for details.

Stay updated by following Fayette County Public Health on Facebook – facebook.com/faycohd or visit the FCPH website at faycohd.org.

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