The Garrett County Health Department is continuing to work with various state and local partners to hold vaccination clinics across the county in an attempt to slow the spread of coronavirus and keep local COVID-19 numbers in check.
The current positivity rate in Garrett County is at 6.01%, while the 7-day case rate stands at 8.86 per 100,000 residents. Cumulative cases have just reached a new sobering milestone at 2,005 cases, with a total of 62 deaths attributed to COVID-19 and its complications. A total of 39,165 tests have been administered.
“The best way to continue to combat COVID-19 is to increase the number of persons who have been vaccinated,” said Garrett County Health Officer Bob Stephens. “There are many chances to receive vaccinations in the county, and we recommend that everyone be vaccinated as soon as possible.”
Currently 36.5% of Garrett County residents have received at least one vaccination. A new metric listed on the Health Department website is the percentage of Garrett County population who is 16 or older who is vaccinated, which stands at 43.5%.
“We think that the new metric of persons who are 16 or older who are vaccinated is a better way to report the vaccination totals,” Stephens said. “Although we hope to soon be able to vaccinate younger persons, current numbers only include 16 and older, so it makes sense to only include those ages in the baseline numbers.”
The GoVAX Mobile Clinic will be open at GCC Technologies again this Tuesday through Saturday, May 11-15, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Links to schedule appointments are available on garretthealth.org, but walk-ins are accepted. This week the clinic will be using Johnson and Johnson single dose vaccine.
Vaccination appointments continue to be available at MEDCO each Tuesday and Thursday unless otherwise announced. Schedule appointments for both Moderna and Johnson and Johnson vaccine at garretthealth.org or call 301-334-7698 for assistance. Watch the Health Department’s Facebook page for announcements of walk-in availability throughout the week. Walk-in times will vary depending on already scheduled appointments.
The following Community Clinics are scheduled with the Maryland Vaccine Equity Task Force for 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the designated day. To decrease your time at the clinic, schedule an appointment at garretthealth.org or call 301-334-7698 for assistance. Walk-ins are also accepted. These clinics will be using Moderna vaccine.
• May 15, Friendsville Volunteer Fire Department,122 Walnut Street, Friendsville
• May 22, Grantsville Medical Center, 32 Corporate Drive, Grantsville
The GoVAX Mobile clinics and Community Clinics are made possible through partnerships with Maryland Department of Health, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Maryland Emergency Management Agency, Maryland National Guard, and Maryland Vaccine Equity Task Force. Local partners include Garrett County Health Department, Garrett County Emergency Management, and Garrett County Government.
There was One (1) New Positive case reported in Grant County .
1,401 Total COVID Cases
• 1146 Confirmed Positive COVID cases
• 255 Probable COVID cases (Probable cases are those that have a positive result from a rapid antigen test).
• 1,355 Total Recovered
• 17 Active Cases
• 25 Deaths listed as COVID related
COVID VACCINE AVAILABLE for ANYONE Age 18 or Older Tuesday May 11 by appointment only at Grant County Health Department for Moderna Vaccine. Call 304-257-4922
Age 16-18, Pfizer is the only vaccine approved for this age,
CALL LOCAL pharmacies).
Free Community Testing Viking Field Parking Lot Tuesdays 11- 5 Fridays 11-3
The Hampshire County Health Department has received 17 confirmed COVID-19 cases. Case investigation and contact tracing are ongoing. Hampshire County’s current case count is 1866 confirmed, 50 active, 34 deaths and 3 hospitalizations. The Health Department has vaccination appointments for Moderna available to anyone 18 and older. Please call us to schedule. 304-496-9640
**Free COVID-19 Testing**
Thursday, May 13th from 10a-5p
LOCATION: Hampshire County Health Department
Hampshire County is currently at Substantial Community Transmission (ORANGE). Please continue to follow COVID-19 precautions including mask usage, social distancing, and frequent hand washing. To view the DHHR COVID-19 webpage and map, please visit https://dhhr.wv.gov/COVID-19/Pages/default.aspx
The Hardy County Health Department and Hardy County Office of Emergency Management has five additional confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Hardy County, making 25 active cases, with a total confirmed case count of 1,597. We have had 22 confirmed COVID-19 deaths. We currently have 24 patients in quarantine at home, following proper protocol to protect their neighbors and community. One patient is currently hospitalized due to severe symptoms of COVID-19. Due to privacy, additional information regarding the persons, area of residence, and travel history will not be disclosed. The Hardy County Health Department has completed the necessary contact tracing to ensure the safety of close contacts and to prevent additional transmission. Hardy County now has 1,550 individuals recovered, included in the total confirmed case count of 1,597.
In Bedford County PA there were 66 new cases in the past week and the positivity rate is 9.8 percent
In Somerset there were 91 new cases in a week and the positive rate is 6.4 percent
Both Bedford and Somerset are listed as substantial community spread for COVID-19.