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County exceeds 100 active cases

It’s families.

It’s Thanksgiving.

It’s work.

It’s even deer hunting.

COVID-19 refuses to take any one path. It’s taking a variety of paths to continue to spread through the county.

Another week of continuous spread put Monroe County at more than 100 active cases as of Tuesday, Dec. 8.

There was an increase of 87 confirmed and probable cases from Dec. 1 to Dec. 8, giving Monroe County 483 total confirmed and probable cases.

There was a similar increase in active cases and recoveries.

There are 108 total active cases as of Tuesday, Dec. 8, an increase of 15 from the week before.

Amanda Sefert, public information officer for the Monroe County Health Department, said the health department traced 694 individuals during the month of November.

As of Tuesday, Dec. 8, the health department is monitoring 307 residents, which includes positive cases and close contacts.

“Our goal is to have the close contacts quarantined when symptoms develop,” Sefert said,

“ that way they are not spreading it around.”

Monroe County remains in orange, Level 2, in the state’s advisory system, suggesting increased exposure and spread. It also notes that Monroe County has a high case incidence.

Belmont and Guernsey counties are red, Level 3, designating very high exposure and spread, with a high case incidence.

Muskingum County, also red, took the region’s morgue trailer last week. Monroe County houses the regional unit, which can hold 30 bodies. Officials in Muskingum County took it because they needed it. Sefert hopes that changes in quarantine guidelines results in more county residents following quarantine restrictions.

According to Sefert, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Ohio Department of Health (ODH) released new information that can reduce the length of time of quarantine.

Through the updated guidelines from the CDC and ODH, if an individual is asymptomatic, the term of quarantine can be reduced from 14 days to 10 days.

“We still recommend the 14 days,” Sefert said, “but we can see if they are not showing symptoms, it can be reduced.

“We hope people follow the (quarantine) orders,” Sefert added, “so we can get them back to work quicker.”