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The Lewis County Department of Health announced on August 7 the recent death of a 79-year-old resident from COVID-19 in the county. No other information will be given on this death. The cases continue to increase. Vaccines are available at the Ministry of Health or at local pharmacies. If you are having symptoms of what appears to be a sinus infection (or any other COVID-19 symptom), please isolate yourself and call a testing location to get tested for COVID-19.
What is this Delta variant?
When you are diagnosed with the flu, they will tell you that you have influenza A, influenza B, or both. Influenza A and influenza B are variants of the influenza virus. A variant is a different type or strain of a virus. Scientists use the Greek alphabetical system to name the variants of the coronavirus. This means that the Delta variant is the fourth strain to be detected. It’s still the coronavirus. This variant is just more contagious than the original coronavirus we saw last year.
Getting vaccinated can help slow the spread of this virus.
If you are vaccinated and exposed to COVID-19, you don’t have to quarantine yourself until you have symptoms. This means that you will not run out of work due to the quarantine.
If your child, currently 12 years of age and older, is vaccinated and exposed to COVID-19, they do not have to quarantine themselves until they have symptoms. Therefore, they will not miss school, sports or other activities.
Last fall our only option was quarantine and masks. We had no vaccine available. We now have a tool in our toolbox that is powerful enough to crush this virus – a vaccine. Vaccines are generally safe and have been shown to slow down and eliminate disease.
Lewis County saw a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases over the weekend. Remember to respect social distancing and wash your hands. It is still acceptable to wear a mask in cases where social distancing cannot be maintained.
Vaccination has been proven to prevent hospitalizations and death from COVID-19. Contact the Lewis County Health Department or your local pharmacy to schedule your vaccine.
If you’ve been exposed or are showing symptoms of COVID, stay home and go into quarantine. Don’t assume it’s just a sinus infection.
The Lewis County Health Department offers vaccines for COVID-19, TDAP, and meningitis on the following dates:
- August 19 – 9 a.m. to noon.
The drive-through clinic will be at Lewis County High School. COVID-19 vaccines are available to anyone aged 12 and over.
COVID-19 vaccines are also available from the Lewis County Health Department by appointment.
Stay safe and be cautious in large crowds, especially if you are unvaccinated, department staff advise.
If you are 12 years of age or older, you are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination. Call 304-269-8218 to schedule one today. If there is no response, leave a message with your name and number, and the service staff will call you back.
To learn more about the vaccine or to find a vaccination site near you, visit vaccinate.wv.gov or dial 1-833-734-0965.
You can also call My Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital at 304-517-1584 or Community Care at 304-269-2022 for information on COVID-19 testing.
The Ministry of Health is currently planning clinics as part of its family planning program.
This program is more than just birth control. Staff can provide birth control methods, pregnancy tests, and counseling to eligible people.
Staff can also help you decide when to have a baby and when to expect.
These important decisions help you and your family stay healthy. The program may also provide medical screening services for your overall health and reproductive health (Pap test), including screening for infections and certain types of cancer.
This can help you discover health problems and receive referrals or treatment.
Department of Health staff also provide referrals for sterilizations.
Contact the health department to make an appointment at 304-269-8218.