CCHD closed to foot traffic for safety of staff due to ‘extremely high COVID activity in the community’ of unvaccinated residents; CCHD now ‘overrun’ by people wanting testing

Facility announces moves for safety of staff

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WILMINGTON — “Extremely high COVID activity in the community” has led the Clinton County Health District [CCHD] to now be closed to foot traffic “for the safety of the CCHD staff,” said the health commissioner.

Residents also need to note that the CCHD does not offer COVID testing.

Clinton County has 434 active COVID-19 cases as of the state’s Monday afternoon update and the CCHD “is getting overrun by people walking in for COVID testing,” according to a news release late Tuesday morning from Clinton County Health Commissioner Pamela Walker-Bauer.

She estimated that 95 percent of those Clinton Countians with active cases are unvaccinated.

Two weeks ago Clinton County’s number of active cases stood at 262, and on Aug. 4 the number was 130.

When the county stood at 262 cases, Walker-Bauer said, “You can see that we are really just skyrocketing” — and now there are an additional 172 cases.

CCHD key info

The Clinton County Health District will continue its walk-in COVID immunizations in the Community Room of the Clinton County Annex Building at Entrance B through the month of September. COVID vaccination clinic hours remain from 1 to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

CCHD also will continue to offer third doses to those individuals who are immunocompromised. No medical provider note is needed for these third doses, but please check with your medical provider in advance to see whether you need a third dose, said Walker-Bauer.

She added, “We encourage our citizens to continue to do your business with us remotely via telephone at 937-382-3829 or email to [email protected] .”

She said if you need to visit the CCHD in-person, come to the WIC window at Entrance C at the rear of the Clinton County Annex Building on South Nelson Avenue, and ring the doorbell on the WIC window.

Additional clinics will be added in the future to accommodate COVID booster doses and seasonal flu vaccinations. The CCHD is awaiting further guidance from the Ohio Department of Health regarding the COVID booster roll-out which is expected to begin the week of September 20.

“Please do not visit the CCHD offices for COVID testing,” Walker-Bauer stated. “The CCHD does not offer COVID testing. Please check with one of the local urgent care-type providers for COVID testing availability.”

Walker-Bauer added that HealthSource is testing by appointment only, at 937-444-8002.
Facility announces moves for safety of staff

News Journal