By REBECCA HAZEN
Public Information Officer Carey Anderson informed citizens that there are still plenty of vaccines available, in the event of rising COVID-19 cases due to the Delta variant, during the Dade County weekly update on Thursday, August 5.
“As many of you know, the Delta variant of COVID-19 is coming into the area. All though there is a growing demand for the vaccine due to that variant, the Department of Health does currently have enough vaccine to meet that demand,” Anderson said.
Anderson noted that at the beginning when the vaccines were first made available, there was a wait list. Currently, there is no wait list, but that could change as the variant becomes more prominent.
Nearby testing locations include Primary Healthcare, Lawson Medical and Price Pharmacy in Trenton, and American Family Care in Lookout Valley, Tenn.
The COVID-19 vaccination is available at the Dade County Health Department. To make an appointment call (706) 657-4213. The Health Department is offering the Pfizer vaccine to children ages 12 and up. The vaccination station at the Colonnade in Ringgold is also still open. This is a drive-thru, and no appointment is needed.
Dade County has seen 42 cases in the past two weeks, for a total of 1,297 COVID-19 cases. The number of cases can be found at https://dph.georgia.gov/covid-19-daily-status-report.
“The CDC is saying that if you are fully vaccinated, they are recommending that you wear a mask because you could be an asymptomatic carrier of the Delta variant,” Anderson said.
Also during the county update, Anderson thanked everyone who volunteered during the Day of Change event, which raised money for the Ronald McDonald House. Community members gathered at the McDonalds in Trenton and collected change from customers. A Ronald McDonald House provides a place for families to stay while their children are receiving medical care.
“What I heard is that the Trenton McDonalds came in second place in the Chattanooga area for donations. We’re waiting on that, but I am keeping my fingers crossed. Thank you to everyone who came by,” Anderson said.
Anderson also noted that over $500 was raised at the recent car wash for the Trenton-Dade Explorers program, with the Trenton-Dade Fire Department.
The Dade County Library is hiring a Youth Education Coordinator, part-time, for 28 hours a week. The hourly pay rate is $12.26. To download an application visit chrl.org/employment-opportunities. Submit a complete application to Lecia Eubanks, Cherokee Regional Library, 305 South Duke Street, LaFayette, GA., or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The work on Morganville Ridge Road has been completed and the road opened back up on Monday.
“I want to give a huge shout out to our road crew, because this has finished nearly a month ahead of schedule,” Anderson said.
The weekly update is broadcast on Facebook and YouTube on Thursdays at 3 p.m.