Monroe and Randolph Counties each report additional death

Two more COVID-19 related deaths have been reported locally and the region’s positivity rate is climbing again.

On Oct. 15, Randolph County Health Department Administrator Angela Oathout stated, “We continue to see a rise in cases due to multiple household members that were exposed to a positive case of COVID-19. Randolph County has moved back into the ‘orange’ warning status because of the surge in cases this past week.”

And on the morning of Oct. 16, Oathout reported to the Randolph County Commissioners that with the recent rise in cases, the county’s positivity rate had jumped from 4.9 to 10.2 percent, putting the county back into the orange warning status. (As of the afternoon of Oct. 20, it was still listed at 10.2 percent) 

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