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3 more Adams County residents die of COVID-19

3 more Adams County residents die of COVID-19

1 week, 1 day ago by Scott Hardy

27 new cases; Health Department warns of "very difficult winter" ahead

Three more Adams County residents have died of COVID-19, as the Adams County Health Department says it's seeing "explosive growth" in the number of new cases.

The Health Department said Wednesday that a man and two women, all in their 80's, died Tuesday of the virus. 14 Adams County residents have now died of COVID-19. The Health Department says that 27 new cases were confirmed Tuesday. That includes a girl age 10 to 19, and six people in their 20's. It also includes 9 people 60 and older. That brings the County's total number of positives to 1,449. The Health Department says that with the number of active cases well above 100, that means Adams County residents have an increased chance of being exposed to the virus both in the community or in a personal setting. The Health Department also says that while they've been able to detect clusters of cases, many of the new cases "do not appear to have specific linkage to another known positive person." They say that shows broad community spread of the virus. 37 people are hospitalized, another new record. Five people are in the Intensive Care Unit. Adams County's 7-day positivity rate is at 11.39 per cent. 

The Health Department also says we could have a difficult winter ahead, as it plans to start telling personal stories of those who've had COVID-19. The Health Department said in its' daily update that with the recent increase in positive cases, "the number of positive cases and ill individuals we’re seeing in October is setting us up for a very difficult winter." The statement also said that the Health Department is "acutely aware that everyone is worn out. COVID-19 has been a black cloud over our lives since March. Everyone is tired of hearing “wear a mask, keep 6 feet apart, stay home when you are sick”. We have message fatigue. We also have caution fatigue." The Health Department says that they are working with other local organizations fighting the virus, and will soon share personal stories and impacts from local residents. They say that residents should "see the negative impact that it’s had on our friends and families, and even rethink how you view COVID-19."

No word yet on when those stories will be released.


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