Crawford begins COVID vaccinations
By Stephanie Taylor Ferriell, Senior Staff Writer, [email protected]
Crawford County public health nurse Donna Parker started putting vaccines into arms Jan. 11 as the county’s COVID-19 vaccination effort got underway.
Emergency Management Agency director Aaron Bye shared information with the coronavirus task force at the Jan. 12 weekly meeting. He said an Indiana State Department of Health representative was in the county Jan. 8 to help the health department get set up and ready to begin the effort. On the first day, 50 doses were administered.
“Fifty vaccinated in seven hours; they stayed busy,” said Bye.
The vaccine contains 10 doses per vial, which must be administered within a strict time frame.
Bye said the health department is committed to doing everything possible to ensure no doses go to waste.
Crawford County received the Moderna vaccine, and those who receive it must return for a second dose. Health professionals stress two doses are needed to achieve maximum protection.
Each recipient is given a COVID vaccination card and a date for their second appointment. Hoosiers age 70 and older, along with health care professionals/volunteers and first responders, are eligible for this round of vaccine. There is no charge for the vaccine.
Vaccines are administered by appointment only. Appointments may be made through the state dashboard, ourshot.in.gov, NOT by calling the local health department.
Those without a computer may dial 211 for scheduling assistance.
Those registering for the vaccine can choose to visit any site in the area. Crawford County is administering vaccines Mondays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. with the goal of giving a dose every 10 minutes.
When the state COVID-19 dashboard was updated Jan. 13, Crawford County moved to red, the highest alert level, due to the number of cases and positivity rate.
As of Jan. 17, there have been a total of 766 positive cases locally and nine deaths. Crawford County’s seven-day positivity rate was 15.1%.
Despite the change, Crawford County school officials made the decision for students to return to the classroom Jan. 19.
In his weekly recorded message to parents Jan. 15, Superintendent Mike Key said the decision was made after conferring with the county’s medical director. Key noted while the county had moved to red, cases were starting to decline.
The county must have declining numbers for two weeks to move back down to orange.
According to the state dashboard, COVID deaths have sharply declined since peaking at 89 on Dec. 14. There were nine deaths reported on Jan. 16.
The hospitalization rate and number of positive cases are both on the decline as well.
As of Jan. 17, there have been a total of 592,709 positive COVID cases in Indiana and a total of 8,966 Hoosiers have died from the virus since March.