Health departments give warning about increased COVID spread and difficulty in hospital transfers

“We are seeing widespread community spread in Monroe County, much like what is going on in the rest of the state and Midwest,” commented Monroe County Health Department Administrator John Wagner on Nov. 23.

As of Monday this week, the local numbers were not looking good, as the amount of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases, as well as COVID-19 related deaths, in the area continued to climb. That day, Randolph County Health Department Administrator Angela Oathout also gave a warning about hospitals filling up and starting to have difficulties in transferring patients.

Wagner reported Monroe County’s most recent death on Nov. 18, bringing that county’s total of deaths up to 42.

He also noted on Nov. 23 that there were 445 active cases in the county, with 18 individuals hospitalized.

Overall, Monroe County’s total amount of confirmed cases was up to 1,879.

In Randolph County, Health Department Administrator Angela Oathout has reported four deaths in the past week. One was reported on Nov. 19, two on Nov. 20 and a fourth one on Nov. 23.

For more COVID-19 updates, please see this week’s print edition.