Many of us still have some level of immunity against severe COVID-19 disease, but viral transmission remains high. Generally, whenever a lot of people are gathered indoors, assume other respiratory viruses are there too.
Moderna 18+ and Pfizer 12+ bivalent boosters have been approved by FDA, recommended by CDC and ACIP. Bivalent boosters will be available to Benton and Franklin communities in the next couple weeks.
In earlier days of the pandemic, looking at the number of COVID-19 cases in our community and whether it was rising or falling was a reliable indicator of risk. But that has changed. Case numbers are not as reliable now because a lot of people are testing positive with home tests and they are not always reported to public health.
Oral antivirals and monoclonal antibodies became available in our community a few months ago. Unfortunately, many of us aren’t sure if we qualify or when to begin those treatments. Others simply don’t have a primary healthcare provider to ask. Test to Treat aims to remove those barriers.
COVID-19 is not going to disappear any time soon. But as we learn to live with it, we can find new ways to look at it and learn about it.
Reporting your at-home test results is now easier than ever! The Benton-Franklin Health District has developed a simple online self-reporting form that can be accessed from the district’s web page in both English and Spanish on any of the District’s COVID web pages in the top magenta bar.
If your family is fully vaccinated, Great! This blog isn’t for you. However, if you have unvaccinated guests, the next best thing you can add for the protection of your health, the health of your family, and the health of the community is to test for COVID-19 before gathering.
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