The Franklin County Health Department is reporting a surge in COVID-19 Cases. As of Monday (12/27/21), there were 170 active cases in the County. Deputy Director Brittany Parker reports, “We are seeing a surge in cases, with December 2021 being the 4th highest in cases since the pandemic began and we still have 4 days to go. We just ask everyone to keep that in mind as we move into another holiday weekend.”

“I urge everyone to be extra cautious during the New Year’s holiday. Please remember to follow the basic COVID safety protocols that we now know by heart – try to avoid large gatherings if possible, wear your masks indoors and wash your hands frequently. Of course, if you aren’t vaccinated, it is vital that you get a COVID shot as soon as possible,” Wells stated.

Parker went on to stress the importance of COVID testing. She also noted that testing operations through the department would be impacted by the upcoming holiday.

“We are closed this Thursday and Friday and no testing will be held at our building or the weekend location at Juniper Hill this weekend.

Testing will go back to the normal schedule on Monday, January 3rd.

Monday, Wednesday and Friday – PHC 7am-9am
Tuesday and Thursday – PHC 3:30-6:30pm
Saturday and Sunday – Juniper Hill Park 12-6pm,” she said.

Judge Wells reminded the citizens of Franklin County that it is important to remain vigilant to help mitigate the spread of COVID. “I know that we are all tired of having to deal with this pandemic; however, we must guard ourselves against this current surge of virus activity. Our exhausted healthcare workers and fellow citizens are counting on us to do our part,” Wells said.