I just want to give you an update on our COVID numbers for this week. We currently have 9 positive COVID cases K-12 (staff and students). That means we are up 3 cases from last week. We have about 18 cases (staff and students) that we are monitoring. That includes those in quarantine, waiting for COVID testing results, or out with COVID-like symptoms. The number of staff and students we are monitoring has stayed the same this week.
The Iowa Department of Public Health reports that Jones County has a 7-day positivity rate of 10%. That is down 3% from last week. The number of positive COVID cases in Jones County over the last 7 days is 44, and that is down 11 cases from last week.
Looking at the chart of COVID cases on the IDPH website, it looks like cases are continuing to trend down at this time. If we combine COVID cases with cases we are monitoring, we are around 2% of our staff and student population currently out for COVID-related reasons. Here is the most current information from the Iowa Department of Public Health on positive cases in Iowa.
As you may or may not know, there will be a vaccine clinic Saturday at Monticello High School. I encourage you to attend to get vaccinated or to get a booster, if needed. Looks like in a week or so that the vaccine will be approved for ages 5-11 years old. Getting vaccinated, or getting your child vaccinated, is a tough decision and you should consult your family doctor for advice before making a final decision.
That is it for this week, I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
Dr. Brian Jaeger