Clark County cases down for week six
Ohio reported 363 deaths from COVID-19 on Friday, the most recorded in the state in the past three weeks, according to the Ohio Department of Health.
The previous 21-day record was 339 deaths reported last Friday.
The state updates death data twice a week, and the numbers may fluctuate due to other states irregularly reporting death certificate information to the Ohio Bureau of Vital Statistics. Since death certificate data can take weeks to file, deaths from COVID can take up to a month or two to be reported.
Earlier this week, ODH director Dr Brue Vanderhoff said an average of 64 Ohioans die each day in September from the virus.
Patterson also informed the community about the vaccination in Clark County. A total of 54.4% of people over the age of 12 in Clark County have been fully vaccinated, Patterson said. The health district administered 367 first doses of vaccine this week.
Those planning to receive their first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are eligible for the state’s incentive program. The health district will distribute $ 100 gift cards to those who receive their first dose of the vaccine series.
The CCCHD COVID-19 vaccination center at 110 W. Leffel Lane in Springfield is open 9 am to 5 pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday; and from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.
Britney Bruce, nurse supervisor at CCCHD, joined Patterson for this week’s livestream to discuss another health issue in the county: an epidemic of syphilis.
So far this year, 64 confirmed cases of syphilis have been reported in Clark County. There were 83 cases reported in 2020 and 36 in 2019, according to the CCCHD.
Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease and bacterial infection that can be cured, but it can lead to long-term complications and even death if left untreated.
Symptoms of syphilis vary depending on the stage of the disease, according to the CCCHD. The first signs can include rashes, lesions or sores, but sometimes an infected person does not have any symptoms.
Many times the wounds from the infection can heal without treatment, so the disease can go undetected. Later stages of the disease can affect the heart, brain, and other organs in the body, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
The Health District offers rapid testing at the Southern Village Plaza Sexual Health and Wellness Clinic, located at 1209-3 Sunset Ave. in Springfield, and the Sexual Health and Wellness Clinic in the District Health Main Office, located at 529 East Home Road Springfield. .
The health district recommends calling 937-390-5600 for more information or to make an appointment.
“We want to make sure everyone is treated and tested,” Bruce said.
In numbers :
46.3: Percentage of Clark County Residents Who Have Completed COVID-19 Vaccine Series
20,094: Total number of coronavirus cases reported in Clark County
364: Total number of coronavirus-related deaths in Clark County