Anderson County, Tennessee (State WATE)-The mayor of Oak Ridge is concerned that the upcoming holiday will have an impact on the area’s already soaring new COVID-19 cases.
On Monday, the Oak Ridge City Council passed a resolution urging the public to redouble their efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19. It encourages them to wear masks, wash their hands frequently, use hand sanitizer, and avoid crowds and social distance.
In a press release issued on Thursday, Oak Ridge City Manager Mark Watson said: “When I observed an increase in Oak Ridge virus-positive virus activity, every minimal precaution we took could avoid serious Health consequences. When I observe people with COVID, they don’t want to experience it again.”
According to a city spokesperson, Watson tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday. They also said that Watson is experiencing mild symptoms. “The city is tracing contacts. Anyone who may have been in contact with him has been tested and will isolate pending negative results. He will be isolated at home next week. .”
It emphasizes the warning message before Thanksgiving, which is less than two weeks before Thanksgiving.
Oak Ridge City Council member Ellen Smith worries that the holiday will have an impact on its already growing number of new cases.
“We will see some behaviors that may spread the virus. We know that many people have done a good job with this virus, but a large number of people are indeed hospitalized and need important medical treatment, and some people will die.” She said .
The city began testing COVID-19 ribonucleic acid (RNA) in its wastewater in July. Shira McWaters, director of public works in Oak Ridge, explained that throughout the summer, the results fluctuate up and down every week. She said, however, that the results of the last few weeks were “always in the yellow area, which means you have to be careful because you may turn red.”
The test did not show how many people in the city were positive for COVID-19, but it did show where people were infected with the virus. McWaters said that at this point, it is common throughout the city. In fact, since the start of the weekly test, the test samples now show more viruses than ever.
Smith believes that in addition to wastewater testing, more data for cities will make the public work harder.
“I think that if people know where the case happened and what caused the cluster of cases, it will increase their willingness to obey. When all is just numbers, it’s really hard to take it seriously,” she said.
City leaders estimate the positive rate of Oak Ridge is 12.5%, which is the percentage of completed tests that are positive for the virus. This comes from the average interest rate in Roane and Anderson counties.
Using some data available in four weeks, Smith estimates that there is a new average of seven new cases per day.
Methodist Medical Center A statement regarding price increases was sent in the following circumstances:
The Methodist Medical Center works with other covenant hospitals to ensure that we are prepared to meet the healthcare needs of the community. With the recent increase in COVID-19 cases in our region, holidays approaching and the expected increase in seasonal respiratory diseases in autumn and winter, we urge people to take “five core actions” to minimize the spread of COVID-19. These measures include frequent hand washing, wearing masks, social mediation, regular cleaning of frequently touched surfaces, and staying home when sick. In addition, getting a flu vaccine this fall is more important than ever. It can not only reduce the risk of flu for family members, but also help save healthcare resources and protect our community from another respiratory tract during the COVID-19 pandemic. Disease damage. We encourage everyone over the age of 6 months to get the flu vaccine.