Paperwork preceding vaccinations
Madison County COVID update
Between Nov. 16 and Nov. 22, Madison County reported 59 new coronavirus cases. Four residents are hospitalized, bringing the total number of hospitalizations to 22. Two hundred residents are currently quarantined.
“I think there’s just less people testing right now,” Madison County Public Health Nurse Melissa Brummell said. She offered two examples of people’s testing ideologies around the holidays: in one case people do not want to know if they are positive going into the holiday season and in another, people want to make sure their sniffle is not the coronavirus and are testing to be safe.
“It won’t help our case counts in the future if people were positive going into Thanksgiving,” Brummell said.
Regarding coronavirus vaccinations, the Madison County Public Health Department (MCPHD) is going through paperwork to sign up to administer a vaccine once it is available. “We’re actually just working on the enrollment process now to get enrolled as a provider,” Brummell said, explaining that the coronavirus vaccine differs from other vaccinations as the pandemic conditions require the enrollment process.
To administer vaccinations, MCPHD needs to have three licensed positions—two county public health nurses and a disease interventionist—filled. The positions should be fully staffed by January, Brummell expects, as one county nurse’s last day is Friday and another is coming on board soon.