FCPH: COVID community risk level remains low


The Record-Herald



Despite the increase in the number of COVID cases reported to Fayette County Public Health, the community risk level in Fayette County remains low as there has not been a corresponding increase in hospitalizations or deaths. Twenty-four new cases have been reported in the last seven days.

Fayette County Public Health recommends that you stay up-to-date with COVID-19 vaccines and get tested if you have symptoms. People may choose to mask at any time. People with symptoms, a positive test, or exposure to someone with COVID-19 should wear a mask. These recommendations are based on CDC guidance.

Isolation Guidelines

If you have tested positive for COVID-19 or have mild symptoms and are waiting for test results:

Isolate. Stay at home for at least 5 days.*

– To keep others safe in your home, wear a mask, stay in a separate room and use a separate bathroom if you can.

– Do not travel for 10 days.

– If you can’t wear a mask, stay home and away from other people for 10 days.

– To calculate the recommended time frames, day 0 is the day you were tested if you don’t have symptoms, or the date your symptoms started.

– Contact your healthcare provider to discuss your test results and available treatment options. Watch for symptoms, especially fever. If you have an emergency warning sign, such as trouble breathing or persistent chest pain or pressure, seek emergency medical care immediately.

Day 6: Do a self-check. How are you feeling?

You could have a loss of taste or smell for weeks or months after you feel better. These symptoms should not delay the end of isolation.

– No symptoms or symptoms improving.

– No fever without fever-reducing medication for 24 hours: You can leave isolation. Keep wearing a mask around other people at home and in public for 5 more days (days 6-10).

– Symptoms not improving and/or still have fever: Continue to stay home until 24 hours after your fever stops without using fever-reducing medication and your symptoms have improved.

– After you feel completely better, keep wearing a mask around other people at home and in public through day 10.

*If you are moderately or severely ill (including being hospitalized or requiring intensive care or ventilation support) or immunocompromised, please talk to your healthcare provider about when you can end isolation.

Recommendations for Close Contacts (Quarantine)

You were a close contact if you were less than 6 feet away from someone with COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period (excluding K-12 settings).

Here’s what to do to protect others:

– Quarantine if you are not up to date with COVID-19 vaccines or didn’t have COVID-19 in the past 90 days. Stay home and away from other people for at least 5 days. If you are up to date or had COVID-19 in the past 90 days you do not have to quarantine.

– Avoid travel through day 10.

– Wear a mask around other people for 10 days.

– Watch for symptoms of COVID-19 for 10 days.

– Up to date means a person has received all recommended COVID-19 vaccines, including any booster dose(s) when eligible.

– Get Tested

– Get a COVID-19 test on or after day 5 or if you have symptoms. People who had COVID-19 in the past 90 days should only get tested if they develop symptoms.

* You tested negative. You can leave your home.

Keep wearing a mask in public and when traveling through day 10.

* You tested positive or have symptoms.

Isolate away from other people. Stay home for at least 5 days and follow steps for isolation.

Do not travel for 10 days.

If you are unable to get tested, you can leave your home after day 5 if you have not had symptoms. Keep wearing a mask in public and avoid travel through day 10.

To calculate the recommended time frames, day 0 is the date you last had close contact to someone with COVID-19.

If you can’t wear a mask, stay home (quarantine) and away from other people, and do not travel for 10 days.

Booster

FCPH offers a second booster dose of COVID vaccines to the following groups of individuals:

– Adults who are 50 years of age and older may choose to receive a second booster dose using an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine at least 4 months after their first booster dose.

– Individuals who are 12 years of age and older who are moderately or severely immunocompromised may choose to receive a second booster dose using an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine at least 4 months after their first booster dose.

– Individuals who are between 18-49 years old who received Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine as both their primary series dose and booster dose may receive a second booster dose using an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine at least 4 months after their first Janssen booster dose (Johnson & Johnson).

Vaccination Schedule

COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters provide protection against severe disease, hospitalizations and death.

All clinics are at the health department office. Call 740-335-5910 to schedule. Appointments and masks are required for all clinics. Please bring:

– COVID vaccination record if you have already received at least one dose

– Health insurance card

There is no cost for a COVID vaccine. Patient insurance is billed for a fee to administer the vaccine, but patients will not be billed. Questions can be directed to the health department at 740-335-5910.

– May 16 – Moderna

– May 17 – All 3 COVID vaccines

– May 18 – Johnson & Johnson

– May 19 – Pfizer

To view more dates, visit faycohd.org/events

COVID-19 vaccinations

– 13,507 started (47%)

– 12,609 completed (44%)

– 6,089 first booster

– 544 second booster

COVID-19 Cases, Hospitalizations and Deaths

– 7,846 cases (+24)

– 493 hospitalizations (no change)

– 121 deaths (+no change)

– 7,660 presumed recovered (+6)

Cases Per 100,000: (14-day period ending April 27)

Fayette County: 147.2 per 100,000 (up from 119.2)

Ohio: 205.7 per 100,000 (up from 146.9)

For more information, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov.

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