Monday’s assembly of the Yadkin County Board of Commissioners started with an replace on COVID-19 from Assistant Human Providers Director Jessica Wall. Wall famous the entire variety of circumstances the county had seen to this point within the pandemic in addition to the variety of recoveries. There have been 24 deaths of Yadkin residents related to the sickness up to now. As of Monday Wall mentioned there have been 219 lively circumstances with 19 sufferers hospitalized.
“Clearly our case rely has gone up considerably. We spent the overwhelming majority of the summer time and into the autumn at a really secure place. Across the first of October we did begin to see the identical enhance that we’re seeing in different elements of the state,” mentioned Wall.
Wall mentioned the severity of circumstances and sufferers requiring hospitalization has begun to extend in latest weeks.
Yadkin County will probably be receiving 900 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, Wall mentioned. Healthcare staff and residents of long-term care services would be the first to be eligible to obtain the vaccine as a part of Section 1A. Vaccinations might start as early as Wednesday, Wall mentioned.
In different county enterprise, the board accepted the Sheriff’s Division to buy a $149,000 full physique scanner to help with searches of inmates coming into the county jail. Because of the timing of when the scanner would arrive, CARES funding couldn’t straight be used, however the board accepted CARES funding to cowl Sheriff’s Workplace salaries with a funds modification to cowl the price of the brand new tools.
Sheriff Ricky Oliver spoke briefly throughout the assembly on the necessity for the scanner as it might present safety for each inmates in addition to jail workers to remove the necessity for shut contact searches throughout the pandemic and past.
Inmate searches do put jail employees liable to doable needle sticks, Oliver mentioned. Inmates are generally liable to doable overdoses as a result of medicine hidden in physique cavities. The scanner tools is predicted to assist in prevention of such points, Oliver mentioned.
“With COVID coming round we began taking a look at a number of choices and issues we might do to make our jail safer and make our detention officers safer so far as their contact with inmates as they’re coming into the power. This will surely cut back the time and want for shut contact, each defending the inmate and the detention officer from doable transmission of COVID-19,” Oliver mentioned.
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