Officials from the Logan County Health District are strongly recommending everyone to wear a mask in public indoor spaces, regardless of their vaccination status, based on the latest COVID-19 data
“Wearing a mask has been shown to decrease the spread of COVID-19,” health officials said Monday. “The science is clear that the best way to prevent COVID-19 involves multiple layers, including wearing a mask, social distancing and getting vaccinated.
Many hospitals in the Central Ohio region, including Mary Rutan Hospital, are operating at or near full capacity for both regular beds and ICU beds. Patients severely ill from COVID-19 are taking up an increasing number of these beds, and the great majority of these severely ill patients were not vaccinated for COVID-19, LCHD officials said.
The seven-day Logan County case rate from Sept. 1 to 7 was 370 cases per 100,000 persons. Comparatively, last year, the seven-day case-rate for the county from Sept. 1 to 7 was 44 cases per 100,000 persons.
“The best way to maximize protection against this vaccine preventable disease is for our community to get immunity,” health officials said. “And the safest way to get immunity is by getting a COVID-19 vaccination. If you are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine and have not done so, you are strongly encouraged to do so.”
Walk-in COVID-19 vaccination clinics are conducted from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays at the health district, 310 S. Main St. Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine are available
Individuals ages 12-17 can also receive a vaccine, but must have a parent or guardian present at the time of COVID-19 vaccination and are only eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine.
Individuals who are homebound may call (937) 651-6244 to arrange in-home vaccinations.