County commissioners get COVID-19 updates

COVID-19 updates and employee retirements were two of the bigger items discussed at the Oct. 2 Randolph County Board of Commissioners meeting.

Randolph County Health Department Administrator Angela Oathout started off her report by noting that they are seeing a decline in active positive cases in the county, with a significant decline in the number of cases at Menard Correctional Center. At that time, she said there were only five active cases amongst the staff and offenders at the correctional center.

She also reported that there has been lots of discussion on vaccines and clinics. Oathout said that once a COVID-19 vaccine is available, the health department will work with their community partners to get as many people as possible vaccinated.

Commissioner Ronnie White asked if there was any time frame in which a vaccine is expected. Oathout noted that it could come anywhere from October to the first of they year, however she doesn’t anticipate any until the first of the year.

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