25 Active Cases of COVID Currently in Shelby County, 23 Unvaccinated

July 13, 2021

By Thad Requet

With Missouri and Arkansas jockeying back and forth for the number one slot in the nation for active COVID-19 cases, several areas around the State have jumped with cases, Shelby County is no different. Shelby County Health Director Audrey Gough reported that the County had 25 active cases as of Friday, July 9th. Out of those 25 cases, 23 of 25 had not been vaccinated. Out of all the current cases, two were in the hospital as of Friday. One came home Saturday and the other one in the hospital is on oxygen support.

Gough said that Chicago, Ill. has put Missouri and Arkansas on the Travel Advisory list. This is due to the fact that the two states have the highest number of active cases, with Missouri being the highest and Arkansas second. Those traveling to Chicago, or even if they just have a connecting flight through Chicago, have to be negative 72 hours prior to flying in to Chicago.

Gough said the vaccine is available with the Health Department. They have Moderna. Call and make an appointment if you are interested. She said they would like to have 10 people. Moderna has applied to the FDA for emergency use authorization for adolescents 12 to 17 years of age. Pfizer is currently the only one with that approval.

“We are still encouraging people to wear mask and social distance, especially in large groups of people. There is no vaccine that is 100 percent. So be aware of your surroundings. Vaccinations have been proven to keep you out of the hospital. You might get a mild case where you are only sick for a few days,” Gough explained.

“The Delta Variant is very infectious, especially with children, and parents need to be aware of this now so they can start thinking about vaccinations before school starts for those who are 12-17 years of age,” she added.