COVID positives dropping here

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COVID positives dropping here

  The monthly positive cases of the COVID-19 virus are again slowing here in Switzerland County, but no one is ‘out of the woods’ yet.

  “I think our numbers of down, for sure, but we are seeing more break through — especially in elderly patients,” Switzerland County Health Officer Dr. Scott Frede said. “Elderly people who were vaccinated six to nine months ago, we’re seeing more positive cases there, but overall our numbers are still down.”

  Frede said that the uptick in numbers among the elderly is in residents who have received both doses of the vaccine, but have not yet gotten the booster vaccination.

  “Things are better, but I think especially for those people at risk — if you’re over 65 or have medical problems, you really ought to consider getting the booster dose. We’re seeing the immunity wane over time, especially in the elderly.”

  Overall, the month of November has seen just 15 positive cases over the first 11 days, just over one per day. Of those new positives, 67-percent are unvaccinated.

  The November number is down from October, where the county saw 70 positive cases in 31 days (2.26 per day average) and well under September, where Switzerland County saw 243 cases in 30 days (8.1 per day on average) and there were three deaths.

  For those wanting to get the booster vaccination, appointments can be made through the Switzerland County Health Department. Boosters for Moderna are available on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays; while boosters for the Pfizer are available on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. It is important that you make an appointment to receive the booster.

  Primary vaccines for the COVID virus are also still available, and can received at the health department Mondays through Fridays.

  CVS Pharmacy in Vevay also carries the Pfizer vaccine and is another option for vaccination.

  Those interested can also go to:

  • ourshot.in.gov

  • switzerland-county.com and scroll down to “Health”

  • Call the health department at (812) 427-3220.