Commissioners given good update

“Things are getting better and we have seen a decrease in positives,” Randolph County Health Department Director Angela Oathout told the Randolph County Commissioners at their May 28 meeting.

As of that morning she noted there were only nine active COVID-19 cases in the county, but she added that some of those cases would be released over the weekend.

While the number of actives cases may be going down, Oathout did point out that there had been two more deaths recently. She had noted one on May 20 and a second on May 25, bringing the county’s total number of those lost to COVID-19 to 87. Oathout added that both of these deaths were unvaccinated individuals.

Oathout also noted that the state has identified from testing that several of the COVID-19 variants have been in Randolph County. 

Vaccination efforts in the county continue, and Oathout reported that the health department has some upcoming vaccination clinics. This includes some that are specifically to offer the Pfizer vaccine for children aged 12-17.

For more from the Board of Commissioners meeting, please see this week’s print edition.