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By Marlana Smith
As of Monday, August 2, Shelby County had 16 active cases of COVID-19. Two individuals are hospitalized and there have been 10 deaths.
There have been 784 people who have tested positive according to Health Department Administrator Audrey Gough.
Gough said the local clinics who are testing for COVID are seeing an increase in people presenting with symptoms, but also seeing a trend of people not wanting to be tested once they are in their office.
“This continues to be a very active and debilitating virus,” Gough said, “It is easily transmitted, just as chickenpox was back in the day prior to the vaccine.”
Gough said if individual(s) are presenting with symptoms it is crucial they seek testing. Those who don’t want to be tested, Gough urges people to stay home and isolate from their family and others.
With school beginning in less than a month, Gough expressed numbers need to go down.
“The only way we can do that is to work together and get you and your loved ones age 12 and older vaccinated,” Gough said.
Gough wants to remind the public, if you and or your adolescent are vaccinated, you won’t have to quarantine if you are a direct contact to an active case.
“This keeps the kids in schools AND their activities. Please consider wearing your masks again.”