Health officials to make changes for COVID-19 updates
JACKSON, Tenn. — Health officials are now making changes regarding COVID-19 case count updates and more.
Since the first COVID-19 case in March of 2020, the Jackson-Madison County Regional Health Department has given daily COVID case count updates.
Fast forward to now, public information officer Mallory Cooke says, with cases decreasing and vaccinations taking place, there are going to being some changes with COVID-19 updates.
“We’re really excited about the fact that we’re seeing a lot fewer cases, so moving forward we’re now going to be providing weekly updates. Those will happen every Wednesday at 10 a.m.,” said Cooke.
Cooke says with these changes, they are starting to get back to normal and will continue to focus on other programs offered at the health department. She says, if necessary, they will go back to giving COVID updates daily.
“If our epidemiology staff notices a spike in cases, we will return to those daily case count updates. Thankfully, over the past few weeks, we’ve been seeing fewer than 10 new cases a day, which is fantastic,” said Cooke.
She also says there have been some changes with vaccinations as well, with health officials only distributing vaccinations Monday through Friday.
“We’ve definitely seen a decrease in the number of people who have been coming in to get their COVID-19 vaccine, so that’s why you’ll see us scaling back on those hours. This Saturday is our last Saturday offering COVID-19 vaccines,” said Cooke.
Cooke says 42 percent of Madison County residents have been vaccinated and, despite the decrease in people coming to receive their vaccines, she hopes to see that percent rise moving forward.
To schedule a COVID-19 vaccination appointment, click here or call 1-888-796-8894.
For more information, call (731) 234-1771.
To see local COVID-19 data through the Tennessee Department of Health, click here.