The following is a summary of the presentation during the Public Health briefings at this week’s Board of County Commissioners meeting made by Jefferson and Clallam County Public Health Officer Dr. Allison Berry. Also Willie Bence, Director of Emergency Management, gave a report. The summary below was provided by and used with the permission of Jefferson County Government.
Public Health Officer Dr. Allison Berry today said that Jefferson’s case rates for COVID-19 are flat from last week, although two people are currently hospitalized. She reported that Omicron-specific boosters are widely available in our community, through vaccination clinics, local pharmacies, Safeway in Port Townsend, and Jefferson Healthcare. The vaccine is available to anyone 12 years and older,and if it’s been 2 months since your infection with COVID-19 or two months since your last vaccination.
There are still no documented cases of MPV in Jefferson County. Nationwide, there are more than 24,000 cases reported. Dr. Berry urges all those who have had multiple partners in the last year, or any gay or bisexual person who has sex with men regardless of one’s sexual history to be vaccinated. Public Health has the vaccine available – call them at 360-385-9400 or sign up online: https://tinyurl.com/mpvvaccinejeffco.
Flu season is here and Dr. Berry encourages you to get your flu shot which can be done at the same time you are getting the COVID-19 Omicron vaccine. She said masking goes a long way to reduce transmission of the flu, too and suggested that we should mask indoors to protect our vulnerable citizens. “The biggest thing that we can do to protect ourselves and our community as we move into the fall is to get vaccinated with our COVID-19 boosters and our flu shot,” Dr. Berry said. “That’s how we protect ourselves, our neighbors and our healthcare system as we move into the fall.”
Director of Emergency Management Willie Bence announced two new vax clinics using the Pfizer bivalent vaccine are scheduled for the community at Blue Heron Middle School in Port Townsend Saturday, October 1; and at Quilcene School on October 8. Call the Department of Emergency Management (DEM) or go to the Public Health website to sign up. DEM is considering adding more clinics late in October.
Submit your Public Health questions to Dr. Allison Berry and to Willie Bence by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Note: The weekly deadline for these to be submitted is on Fridays at noon, to be answered at the following Monday’s BOCC meeting.