COVID-19 death toll climbs

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Carroll County General Health District officials were notified of two additional COVID-19 deaths last week.

Kelly Engelhart, director of nursing, said they included a 56-year-old female and a 65-year-old female.

As of Jan. 7, the department had administered 280 of the 300 doses received.

“We have been receiving a shipment once a week,” Engelhart stated, adding she is working with Emergency Management Agency Director Tom Cottis to plan for Phase 1B.

“We are working on vaccinating long term care centers and group homes, both resident and personnel,” she stated. “Next will be seniors over 65 and school personnel. Clinics for school personnel will be held onsite and we are working on setting up locations for drive-thru clinic for seniors so they can remain in their vehicles.”

As of Jan. 7, there were 1,301 cases reported in the county since the pandemic began in March. There were 243 active cases and seven outbreaks, the majority of which were in congregate living facilities. The county remains with an average of 25 new cases reported each day, which places the county at the red level on the state map.

The health district continue to offer COVID-19 testing Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until noon at the office on Moody Ave. For information, call 330-627-4866.


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