COVID-19 Spreading Through Shelby County at a Rapid Pace

November 17, 2020

By Thad Requet

Shelby County Health Director Audrey Gough gave an update on COVID-19 in Shelby County

After the Governor’s Announcement that “proper mask wearing may now prevent individuals from being identified as close contacts in K-12 schools that have implemented a mask mandate. This means that if both individuals at school – the person diagnosed with COVID-19 and the person exposed to the positive case – have masks on and are wearing them correctly, the individual exposed does not need to quarantine.”

Gough explained that she is currently working with both school districts with a plan if they decide to adopt a mask mandate. “It isn’t something that will happen quickly. There are a lot of people against masks, but it will keep a lot more people in school.”

If there is a mandate in place, we will be going to more strict guideline than what the governor proposed,” she added. Gough as the authority to do this.

She met with the administrators Tuesday morning and is attending board meetings at South Shelby and North Shelby today (Wednesday) to discuss the matter.

As of Tuesday afternoon. Shelby County has 225 total cases, 53 active, one in the hospital on a vent, one in the hospital for other reasons besides COVID-19, and the one death.

Gough pleads that people take this serious. “Please think long and hard about your Thanksgiving plans. If it’s a nice beautiful day, have it outside in a garage with the doors open. Take advantage of the good weather while we have it,” she said. “If it’s indoors, consider spreading out and wearing masks.”

“I know this is a hardship on everyone, but we are looking at an extreme hardship on our hospitals. They are going to start turning people away, and some already are,” she said. There might be enough beds, but not enough staff. Some staff are being asked to keep working if their symptoms are light. It’ s hard to recover if you can’t get sufficient rest,” she explained.

“If we want to keep our kids in school and keep businesses open, please wear a mask. If the door at a store says wear a mask, please put the mask on. Please be considerate of others in this community that we live with.”

“We have to keep our teachers healthy or school was close down quickly. If you don’t feel well, please stay home,” Gough added.