COVID continues to be a county concern
LAURINBURG – As of Monday, there were 101 active cases of COVID-19 in the county, bringing the total number of cases since March 2020 to more than 5,500.
According to Kathie Cox, public information officer for the County of Scotland Department of Health, of those 101 cases, 38 are school-aged children.
“Active cases appear to be stabilizing – however, the County of Scotland continues to see a high number of positive COVID cases – more than double the safe threshold, according to the CDC for community transmission,” Cox said. “We want everyone to understand that the COVID virus continues to spread in our communities among people of all ages. The COVID vaccine is the most effective way to help stop the spread of this deadly virus and prevent hospitalizations and serious illness.
“We also encourage everyone, including those who have been vaccinated, to continue the 3Ws, while they are in public, just to help reduce their risk of contracting or spreading the virus.”
As of March 2020, there have been 105 COVID-19-related deaths in the county.
The Department of Health has organized various vaccination clinics to help vaccinate more people, according to Cox, with a vaccine and testing site set up in Legion Park until further notice.
“The vaccine is in abundance in several places in the county of Scotland, including at community events,” Cox said. “The purpose of these multiple locations is to ensure everyone has access to the vaccine and to reduce barriers… the Department of Health continues to provide Moderna and Pfizer vaccines as well as Pfizer booster vaccines by appointment.
“We will also start providing the flu shot and we encourage everyone to schedule it. We also share data with the public through our social media, press releases and local radio stations. “
In the county, according to the CDC, 43.36% of the population is fully vaccinated and 47.59% of the population has received at least one dose.
At Scotland Memorial Hospital, the numbers appear to be dropping, but the number of patients across the hospital continues to hit an all-time high.
“The good news is that, if you look at the number of COVID patients in the hospital, we have dropped to 15 this morning,” COO David Pope said on Wednesday. “We were in the 1930s before that, so that number is gradually going down, which is a good sign. But we still see a higher overall count at the hospital. We currently have 118 patients in total in the hospital and what we are seeing is that people are waiting longer to come in for treatment, so when they arrive they are sicker than they were.
As of March 2020, the total number of cases at the Scotland Health Care System has swelled to 7,262 – with 134 people dying from COVID-19 issues.
“COVID hasn’t gone away and it can make some people extremely sick,” Pope said. “So we ask people not to wait for this to happen to you or a member of your family and to go get vaccinated before you get sick … a lot of people think you get sick, go to the hospital and then recover but there are people who take weeks and weeks, even months to fully recover from COVID. ”
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