The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently updated its interim public health recommendations for limiting the spread of COVID-19 in response to the Delta variant, which is driving an increase in cases across the U.S. In its updated guidance, the CDC recommended that everyone, including fully vaccinated people, wear masks in indoor public settings in communities with substantial or high transmission.
The Ottawa County Health Department, Port Clinton, Ohio, is continuing to monitor the new cases and trends of COVID-19 within Ottawa County. During the month of June, Ottawa County was averaging less than a case per day. This trend continued into the first half of July, as we averaged less than a case per week. In the last 14 days, Ottawa County has averaged almost three new cases per day. While this may not seem like a significant increase to some, it is a trend that we are monitoring very closely as we head into the coming weeks.
Due to the smaller population size of Ottawa County, this increase in cases over the last two weeks currently categorizes us as having substantial transmission in our community.
Visit the CDC tracker at https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#datatracker-home to see the most up to date data at the county level in the United States.
In most cases, those who are vaccinated are protected from serious disease and hospitalization, so we continue to urge anyone who can do so to get vaccinated. Getting vaccinated is still the best way to protect yourself against COVID. Adding a mask indoors will help to further protect those in our community who can’t yet get the vaccine, including children under 12 and people with health conditions.
The only way we will defeat this pandemic is by working together. By applying the many tools we have – getting vaccinated, masking, distancing and limiting indoor gatherings – we can limit the spread of COVID in Ottawa County. Everyone has a part to play. By checking our website at ottawahealth.org, as well as our social media, you can stay informed and up to date with the latest information on ways you can protect yourselves and each other form COVID-19.
This aligns with our mission to help the citizens of Ottawa County to live healthier, happier, and longer lives.