Board of Health closes out 2020
The Washington County Board of Health met for its final regular business meeting of 2020 Monday to close out the year’s accounts and discuss constraints of funding for coronavirus contact tracing.
The board, minus the absent president, also unanimously voted to discontinue the $20,000-per-year contract for financial software in favor of utilizing a past software in 2021 while searching for a more streamlined option throughout next year.
Board Member Jeff Jones asked for more of an update on the status of coronavirus cases, too, during the meeting noting consistent questions from his circles concerning the virus.
Board Member Dr. Jeff Patey, who also owns Quality Care Associates on Front Street in Marietta, noted that while the announcement of the first administrations of the coronavirus vaccine occurred Monday, the impact on public life is still a ways away.
“The vaccine is not going to reach the general public until February or March,” he noted.
Meanwhile, according to data from the Ohio Disease Reporting System released Monday, eight deaths from coronavirus have occurred since Thanksgiving.
Also since Thanksgiving, 270 new cases of the virus have been documented as of Monday within Washington County residents.
¯ 14 cases are females, 15 are males and three of unknown gender between the ages of 0-19.
¯ 16 cases are females, 15 are males and one of unknown gender in their 20s.
¯ 14 are females, 13 are males and one of unknown gender in their 30s.
¯ 19 are females, 15 are males and one of unknown gender in their 40s.
¯ 14 are females, 15 are males and three of unknown gender in their 50s.
¯ 21 are females, 19 are males in their 60s.
¯ 16 are females, 17 are males and one of unknown gender in their 70s.
¯ 17 are females, 19 are males 80 years old or older.
¯ One of unknown gender and age.
The board also unanimously approved the job offer for a new falls prevention coordinator which is a grant-funded position.
And during the public forum section of the meeting the board heard from a resident of Belpre who is dissatisfied with the septic nuisance process and timeline for correction in place with the department.
The board is next scheduled to meet Jan. 11 at 5:30 p.m. in the Emergency Operations Center at 204 Davis Ave., Marietta.