by Kate Evans
According to state officials, 46 Morgan County residents have now died from COVID-19, the highly-contagious respiratory virus. That figure is up from 41 deaths last week.
The number of Morgan County active COVID-19 cases has decreased from 60 to 45 as of Tuesday, November 2.
A total of 2,128 county residents have had the virus since March of 2020. Some 2,035 county residents have recovered from the virus. The remainder have either died from the virus or are still infected.
The percentage of Morgan County residents that are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 has risen slightly to 30.6%.
Face masks in schools
Face masks are still required in Morgan County Schools for the week of November 1 as the Morgan County community COVID-19 transmission level is still high. Students, staff and visitors are required to wear face masks inside school facilities and on buses.
The total of new COVID-19 cases in Morgan County for the week of October 22 to October 28 was 39 new cases, according to the Morgan County Health Department’s Friday, October 29 Facebook post.
For Morgan County, a low transmission level of new cases is 0-1.99 cases; moderate is 2-9.9 cases; substantial is 10-19.99 cases and high is 20+ cases.
With substantial to high levels of COVID-19 transmission, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises that those who are unvaccinated against COVID-19 and those who are fully vaccinated wear face masks indoors in public places to protect themselves and others.
Wearing a mask is especially important for those at risk of severe illness from COVID-19 due to age, those with existing medical conditions or people who are immunocompromised or who live with someone elderly, someone with a weakened immune system or who is unvaccinated, such as children under 12.