Val Arkoosh, chair of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners, is urging residents to remain vigilant even though the vaccine has arrived in the region, writes Ellie Silverman for The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Arkoosh has asked residents to continue taking public health precautions. These include social distancing and only gathering with members of their household, as hospitals continue to have more patients hospitalized with COVID-19 than in spring.
The situation was further exacerbated after Thanksgiving when the county saw an unprecedented surge in cases and hospitalizations. But with numbers finally starting to level off, there is hope they will start to trend downward.
“As you make plans for the upcoming Christmas and New Years holidays please consider the impact that the Halloween and Thanksgiving holidays have had on our community,” said Arkoosh.
While most county hospitals will receive the COVID-19 vaccine this week, but there are still not enough for everybody working at the hospitals to be vaccinated. Currently, the hospitals are making priority lists on who will be vaccinated first.
Arkoosh said she expects that CVS and Walgreens will have doses in the “very near future.” Read more about the issue at The Philadelphia Inquirer by clicking here