Health department: COVID cases may go up after holiday

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The Monroe County Health Department has had few active COVID-19 cases over the past couple of weeks, and officials hope it will remain that way following the Fourth of July weekend.

Linda Masters, administrator, said she hopes not to see a spike in cases in the coming weeks after many gatherings were held to celebrate the holiday. She said she is concerned about the population that remains unvaccinated and may have participated in cookouts and parties for the holiday. She urges people who feel sick to stay home and get tested.

Masters said the virus can still spread among those who are not vaccinated and encourages residents to “come out, get vaccinated and help keep the cases low.” She said the department will hold numerous walk-in vaccination clinics in different communities throughout the county. She said the staff wants to ensure everyone has access to the vaccine.

“We’re just trying to get out there and make sure everyone has the chance to get the vaccination. We want to make it convenient for them and reach any of the population where travel is maybe an issue. We want to be there and be available,” she said.

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