COVID cases decline in two-county area over last two weeks; Jackson County retains ‘high’ community level status per the CDCFree Access

Figures relating to COVID-19 reported by the respective health departments of Jackson and Vinton counties in recent weeks show the number of active cases dropping slightly, though the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to list Jackson County as having a “high” community level. Vinton County, as of Friday, Sept. 23, was listed as having a “medium” community level at

Per the Jackson County Health Department’s (JCHD’s) Facebook page, the county went from having 122 active cases as of Sept. 11, to 84 as of Sept. 18. The total number of active hospitalizations likewise dropped from six to five in that same timeframe. Jackson County’s total number of probable cases increased slightly, from 1,498 to 1,507.

The Vinton County Health Department (VCHD) reported a total of 10 active cases as of Sept. 12, compared to nine as of Sept. 19. The county’s number of active hospitalizations, though, increased from zero to one.

VCHD is offering walk-in COVID-19 vaccine clinics from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Moderna (18 years and older) and Pfizer (12 years and older) bivalent booster vaccines are available. For more information, call (740) 596-5233.

JCHD will be open until 6 p.m. on Tuesdays through the last week of October for Flu and COVID vaccinations. Those planning to attend are asked to bring their insurance card with them, though no one will be turned away due to an inability to pay. Call (740) 286-5094 to learn more.

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