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 up to now within the pandemic in addition to the variety of recoveries. There have been 24 deaths of Yadkin residents related to the sickness to this point. As of Monday Wall stated there have been 219 energetic circumstances with 19 sufferers hospitalized.
“Clearly our case depend has gone up considerably. We spent the overwhelming majority of the summer time and into the autumn at a really steady place. Across the first of October we did begin to see the identical enhance that we’re seeing in different elements of the state,” stated Wall.
Wall stated the severity of circumstances and sufferers requiring hospitalization has begun to extend in current weeks.
Yadkin County shall be receiving 900 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, Wall stated. Healthcare employees and residents of long-term care amenities would be the first to be eligible to obtain the vaccine as a part of Part 1A. Vaccinations might start as early as Wednesday, Wall stated.
In different county enterprise, the board authorised 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 immediately be used, however the board authorised CARES funding to cowl Sheriff’s Workplace salaries with a price range modification to cowl the price of the brand new tools.
Sheriff Ricky Oliver spoke briefly in the course of the assembly on the necessity for the scanner as it will present safety for each inmates in addition to jail workers to remove the necessity for shut contact searches in the course of the pandemic and past.
Inmate searches do put jail employees vulnerable to attainable needle sticks, Oliver stated. Inmates are typically vulnerable to attainable overdoses attributable to medicine hidden in physique cavities. The scanner tools is predicted to help in prevention of such points, Oliver stated.
“With COVID coming round we began taking a look at a variety 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 ability. This would definitely scale back the time and want for shut contact, each defending the inmate and the detention officer from attainable transmission of COVID-19,” Oliver stated.
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