County commissioners get COVID-19 update

COVID-19 updates dominated much of the discussion at the March 5 Randolph County Board of Commissioners meeting.

“We are seeing a decline in cases,” Randolph County Health Department Administrator Angela Oathout happily reported. However, they did see a slight jump in cases over the past week with seven on one day. But she did add that of those seven cases, four were from one household. Overall, the county had been holding at less than 20 active cases.

“We’re really concentrating on vaccine efforts,” Oathout continued. But she noted that an inconsistent flow of vaccine doses to the health departments has made it difficult to get vaccine out to residents. 

She added that most of the state’s allocations of vaccine is being directed to the mass vaccination sites. “The mass sites are getting thousands while the health departments are only getting a few hundred.”

Oathout also reported that most of the recently approved Johnson & Johnson one dose vaccine will be sent to the mass vaccination sites. “We may see some (of the one dose vaccine) in April.” For the most part, the county has been receiving, and will most likely continue to receive, the Moderna two dose vaccine.

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