The following is a summary of the presentation during the Public Health briefings at this week’s Board of County Commissioners meeting made by Jefferson and Clallam County Public Health Officer Dr. Allison Berry. Also Willie Bence, Director of Emergency Management, gave a report. The summary below was provided by Jim Burke, producer of KPTZ’s Tuesday’s Local News.
In Jefferson County, the two-week COVID-19 case-rate is 355 per hundred thousand, lower than last week, but still keeping us in the high category. No one is currently hospitalized. 47 new cases were added this week for a total of 6,074 cases. One more death was reported this week in Jefferson County, a woman who was in her 80s. She had received one booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and she suffered from multiple, chronic health conditions. So now the total count of COVID-19-related deaths is 32.
In Clallam County, the two-week COVID-19 case-rate is 136 per hundred thousand, still in the moderate category but continuing a downward trend. There are 38 new cases this week for a total of 15,735 cases since the pandemic began. One person is hospitalized at this time. One person has died, which puts the total count of COVID-19-related deaths now at 125.
Willie Bence said there are many slots open in a juvenile covalent booster clinic for kids 5 to 17 years of age, taking place this coming Saturday October 22 at Blue Heron School in Port Townsend. Sign up on the Jefferson County Public Health website. Also, talk to your doctor or pharmacist about getting a flu shot.
The Covid public health emergency declaration will end on October 31, so Dr. Berry’s Health Reports will go to once a month. If you have any lingering COVID-19, or monkeypox, or any other public health related questions, you might want to send them in over the next few weeks.
Submit your Public Health questions to Dr. Allison Berry and to Willie Bence by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Note: The weekly deadline for these to be submitted is on Fridays at noon, to be answered at the following Monday’s BOCC meeting.