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Jan. 17, 2022

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Vaccinations urged as COVID-19 cases rise in Clark County

By , Columbian Metro Editor

As the coronavirus pandemic regains steam in Clark County, health officials are urging those who have not been vaccinated to wear face coverings in indoor spaces and get vaccinated as soon as possible.

“A significant portion of our community is unvaccinated and putting themselves and others at risk of getting COVID-19,” said Dr. Alan Melnick, Clark County health officer and Public Health director. “The COVID-19 vaccines are safe, can prevent infection and are highly effective at preventing severe illness that can lead to hospitalization and death.”

The number of new cases doubled in the last week, with the highest rates among young adults 20 to 39 years old. And about 95 percent of Clark County cases since March have been unvaccinated, according to information gathered during case interviews.

People who are not fully vaccinated, including children who are too young to be vaccinated, should continue to wear face coverings in indoor public places or when around people they don’t live with, Public Health said.

“Getting vaccinated is the best protection against COVID-19. If you’re not yet vaccinated, the next best thing you can do is wear a face covering,” said Dr. Steven Krager, deputy health officer for Clark County. “Not doing so is putting yourself and others at risk, particularly children too young to be vaccinated and immunocompromised people who may not receive full protection from the vaccines.”

COVID-19 vaccine is widely available at local pharmacies and medical offices.