Health dept. looking at start of school year

At their Aug. 7 meeting, the Randolph County Board of Commissioners received a health department update concerning the upcoming start of the school year, as well as a request to consider how rental properties are dealt with in the county.

Health Department Administrator Angela Oathout was happy to announce that Randolph County was no longer under the state’s “orange” warning status.

Randolph County was first identified by the state on July 31 as being in the “orange” warning level for having two or more COVID-19 risk indicators. Specifically, the warning for Randolph County was triggered for “congregate settings, numerous bars not complying with distancing and masking, a large party with more than 200 people, and among households.”

As of that morning, Randolph County had moved out of warning status. However, neighboring Monroe, St. Clair and Perry Counties were listed at a warning level.

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