COVID cases on the rise again

Published 3:38 pm Monday, January 10, 2022

Marengo County’s positive cases of COVID-19 currently sit at 3,535, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health. There have been 3 new cases so far in 2022.

As of Monday, January 3, the total number of deaths related to the virus from 2020 to 2022 is 93. No new deaths have been reported.

The Marengo County Health Department has information available for obtaining a COVID-19 vaccination. Visit MCHD online portal at ALCovidVaccine.gov to check your eligibility for vaccination and make appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations at county health departments. Some county health departments are providing drive-thru or walk-in clinics. Search for clinics near you using the Vaccine Clinic Dashboard or COVID-19 Table.

The Alabama Department of Public Health has extended eligibility for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to include individuals ages 5-11 and 12-17. Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are all available to individuals 18 years of age and older.

The CDC is working with state and local public health officials to monitor the spread of Omicron. As of December 20, 2021, Omicron has been detected in most states and territories and is rapidly increasing the proportion of COVID-19 cases it is causing. The Omicron variant likely will spread more easily than the original SARS-CoV-2 virus and how easily Omicron spreads compared to Delta remains unknown. CDC expects that anyone with Omicron infection can spread the virus to others, even if they are vaccinated or don’t have symptoms.

For more information concerning the Omicron variant, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/variants/omicron-variant.html.

COVID-19 data for surrounding counties includes Sumter County has reported 1,488 cases and 41 total deaths with none so far in 2022; Wilcox County has 1,879 cases and 39 total deaths with none so far in 2022; Greene County has 1,384 cases, 45 total deaths with none so far in 2022; Hale County has 3,364 and 91 total deaths with none so far in 2022; Clarke County, 4,982 cases and 88 total deaths with none so far in 2022; Dallas County is reporting 5,673 cases with 212 total deaths with none so far in 2022; Choctaw County has 1,032 cases and 30 total deaths with none so far in 2022; and Perry County is reporting 1,488 cases with 41 total deaths with none so far in 2022.

The statewide number of confirmed cases is 913,603 with 3,685 new cases so far in 2022. In Alabama, 7,827,125 COVID-19 vaccines have been delivered, and 5,426,566 doses have been administered.