Latest on COVID

Latest on COVID
Posted on 12/28/2021
COVID cases have more than doubled in 10 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Ohio, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey and New York have contributed the most to the rise in pediatric hospitalizations.

Between Christmas and New Year's Day, doctors expect the Omicron surge to grow throughout much of the United States. Despite that news, the CDC shortened the amount of time that people should isolate when they've tested positive for COVID-19. The CDC now calls for going from 10 days to five days if a COVID patient does not show symptoms -- and if the patient wears a mask around others for at least five more days.

The CDC also shortened the recommended time to five days for people to quarantine if exposed to the virus and previously vaccinated.

"Given what we currently know about COVID-19 and the Omicron variant, CDC is shortening the recommended time for isolation from 10 days for people with COVID-19 to five days, if asymptomatic, followed by five days of wearing a mask when around others," the CDC said in a prepared statement.

People whose symptoms are getting better may also leave their homes after five days as long as their symptoms are improving, the CDC added. People who have a fever should stay home until the fever clears up, it cautioned.

The number of people seeking COVID testing is rising dramatically in our state. Here in Akron, Summa Health Systems has opened a new testing site at its offices on Gorge Boulevard just north of North High School. It is open daily from 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. but will be closed New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

Local public health officials strongly advise that those seeking a test make an appointment. The Ohio National Guard is helping do the appointments for the next four weeks.

These tests are free of charge. Click on this link to learn more:

Summa Health Vaccine Clinics Open
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