New COVID Numbers Released By Clinton County Health Department

The Clinton County Heath Department released new COVID-19 numbers for the county Wednesday.

According to the numbers the county has seen a total of 61 COVID-19 related deaths since the pandemic began, 51 of those have deaths were residents of long-term care facilities.

Director of the Clinton County Health Department Blair Shock said in his release that the vaccination of long-term care staff and residents began in the county last week. In that release Shock said “These residents represent our most vulnerable population to this illness. Protecting them by immunizing both the residents and the staff who work in these facilities is of the utmost priority.”

Shock added that hopes are to have all of the tier 1A people, including health care workers with patient contact, long-term care residents and long-term care staff, vaccinated by the end of the week.

Also of note in the numbers was an increase in positivity rate and increase in the rate of probable cases. Shock says he believes those numbers are up more because not as many people were seeking medical care over the holidays and an increase in rapid testing which when testing positive puts you in the probable category instead of confirmed.