COVID-19 cases currently declining

    COVID-19 cases seem to be on the decline, both locally and nationally, according to reports from the local public health department and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

    Honor Evans, administrator of the Crawford County Health Department (CCHD), reported on the status in the county and as reported by the CDC at the county commission meeting held on Tuesday, May 12.
    Evans noted that all eight positive cases from the county have been released from isolation. Some contacts are still in quarantine, however. She also noted the last positive case report in the county had been reported on April 29.
    “We’ve seen a lull,” she said. “This is the longest stretch we’ve gone since our first positive, but it’s not gone by any means. We’ll see at end the of May how things react to reopening at the beginning of May.”
    Evans also noted some key points in the CDC’s weekly updates on the virus for the week ending May 2. In that week, nationally, levels of influenza-like illness (ILI) and COVID-19-like illness (CLI) and the percentage of specimens testing positive for the virus that causes COVID-19 continue to decline. Mortality attributed to COVID-19 also decreased compared to the previous week but remains elevated and could increase as additional death certificates are counted.
    On the national level, visits to outpatient providers and emergency rooms for illnesses with COVID-19 symptoms decreased, as did hospitalization for the illness.
    The CDC website noted the same key points for the week ending May 9—all of the above were still on the decline.
    Evans noted the state is also reporting a little differently, sending information on negative test results in addition to positive, which provides a better picture of the situation. She noted not many are being tested, but they are still seeing a low percentage of them testing positive.
    As far as businesses reopening on the local level, Presiding Commissioner Leo Sanders pointed out that he had seen all levels—some have remained closed, some are open part way, and some have reopened completely.
    Evans noted that local restaurants are “working really hard to do things safely, our little shops and retailers, too.”

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