9/23/2022 – COVID level is medium (weekly update)

The COVID community level is now medium, as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on 9/22/2022. In the last 7 days, Fayette County Public Health (FCPH)  has received reports of 29 new COVID cases, 3 new hospitalizations, 59 new recoveries, and no new deaths. At-home tests are now widely available, and those results are not reported to FCPH, so the actual number of new cases is likely higher than reported. For more detailed data, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov and view the COVID dashboard.

Recommended actions for a MEDIUM community risk level

The CDC recommends the following actions when the community risk level is medium:

  • If you are at high risk for severe illness, talk to your healthcare provider about whether you need to wear a mask and take other precautions
  • Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines
  • Get tested if you have symptoms

People may choose to mask at any time. People with symptoms, a positive test, or exposure to someone with COVID-19 should wear a mask.

The homepage of the FCPH website features a widget so you can find the current COVID community risk level anytime. The data source is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Visit faycohd.org to view.

Guidelines for quarantine and isolation can be found at: https://bit.ly/cdciq.

Drive through flu and COVID vaccines – October 4

Fayette County Public Health will host a drive-thru flu and COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Tuesday, October 4 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Fayette County fairgrounds.

No appointment is necessary. Flu and COVID vaccines will be offered. Bivalent boosters, which offer protection against the original strain of the COVID virus and the omicron variant, are now available.


Vaccine recommendations are based on your age, the vaccine you first received, and the time since the last dose. People who are moderately or severely immunocompromised have different recommendations for COVID-19 vaccines. Detailed information about eligibility and timing can be found at bit.ly/922br.

Please bring an ID and your health insurance card. If you have received at least one prior vaccine dose, please bring your vaccination card.

For more details, including eligibility for booster shots, visit faycohd.org or visit the Fayette County Public Health (Ohio) Facebook page.

COVID vaccinations are available for ages 6 months and up

FCPH offers COVID vaccinations for children ages 6 months and up. COVID-19 vaccination can help protect everyone from getting seriously ill from COVID-19. Appointments for COVID vaccinations can be made by calling 740-335-5910 or visiting faycohd.org/events.

Please bring:

  • COVID vaccination record if you have already received at least one dose
  • Health insurance card

There is no cost for a COVID vaccine. Patient insurance is billed for a fee to administer the vaccine, but patients will not be billed.  To view more dates, visit faycohd.org/events.

9/16/2022 Weekly COVID Update

The COVID community level for Fayette County has dropped from high to low, as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on 9/15/2022. In the last 7 days, Fayette County Public Health (FCPH)  has received reports of 47 new COVID cases, 51 new recoveries, and no new hospitalizations or deaths. At-home tests are now widely available, and those results are not reported to FCPH, so the actual number of new cases is likely higher than reported. For more detailed data, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov and view the COVID dashboard.

Recommended actions for a low community risk level

The CDC recommends the following actions when the community risk level is low.

You may choose to wear a mask at any time as an additional precaution to protect yourself and others.

The homepage of the FCPH website features a widget so you can find the current COVID community risk level anytime. The data source is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Visit faycohd.org to view.

Guidelines for quarantine and isolation can be found at: https://bit.ly/cdciq.

COVID vaccinations available for ages 6 months and up

FCPH offers COVID vaccinations for children ages 6 months and up. COVID-19 vaccination can help protect everyone from getting seriously ill from COVID-19. Appointments for COVID vaccinations can be made by calling 740-335-5910 or visiting faycohd.org/events.

Please bring:

  • COVID vaccination record if you have already received at least one dose
  • Health insurance card

There is no cost for a COVID vaccine. Patient insurance is billed for a fee to administer the vaccine, but patients will not be billed.  To view more dates, visit faycohd.org/events.

Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 boosters

Staying up-to-date with your COVID-19 vaccines offers the best ongoing protection. COVID-19 vaccine boosters can give you extra protection against serious illness from COVID-19. An updated booster is now available for people age 12 years and older to boost protection against the very contagious strain of COVID-19 currently circulating. Children ages 5 years through 11 years, with permission from a parent or legal guardian, can continue to boost their protection with another dose of the original COVID-19 vaccine, when eligible.

Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about COVID-19 vaccine boosters. 

Q: Why do I need a COVID-19 booster? 

A: COVID-19 vaccines reduce the risk for serious illness and hospitalization from COVID-19. But that protection weakens over time. A booster can help keep you protected longer. 

Q: How are the new boosters different from the original COVID-19 vaccines? 

A: The new boosters made by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna are bivalent boosters. This means they are made to build immunity against the original COVID-19 strain plus the newer and highly contagious COVID-19 strain currently circulating (the Omicron variant). This provides broader overall protection, and stronger protection against the Omicron variant. 

Q: When should I get a booster dose? 

A: People age 12 years and older can receive a booster dose at least two months after the primary series (Pfizer, Moderna or Novavax), initial dose (Johnson & Johnson/Janssen), or their last booster dose. Children ages 5-11 years can continue to boost their protection with another dose of the original COVID-19 vaccine at least five months after the primary series (Pfizer-BioNTech primary series recipients only). 

Q: Which booster dose should I get? The new booster or the old booster? 

A: These updated boosters made by Pfizer and Moderna are now the only booster options available for people 12 years old and older. Adolescents and teens ages 12 through 17 years can only receive the Pfizer booster, and adults can choose either the Pfizer or Moderna booster. Children ages 5-11 years with a completed Pfizer-BioNTech series can continue to boost their protection with another dose of the original COVID-19 vaccine (monovalent) when eligible. 

Q: Why can’t my 10-year-old get the new updated booster? 

A: The bivalent booster dose is only authorized for 12 years and older. COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers are expected to submit requests for updated boosters for younger children soon. 

Q: I’m 65 years old. Will I still need a second booster dose after this booster? 

A: Moving forward, everyone who is eligible for a booster will only need one booster dose. This new recommendation is regardless of the number of previous doses received, or individual risk factors such as age or medical condition. 

Q: If I recently had COVID-19, when should I get a booster shot? 

A: Getting a COVID-19 booster gives most people a high level of protection against COVID-19 even in people who have already been sick with COVID-19. If you have COVID-19 or recently had COVID-19, you can get your next dose after your symptoms have improved and your isolation period is over or you can choose to delay your next dose for three months. 

Q: If most people have had or will probably get COVID-19, why are the vaccines necessary? 

A: The goal of the vaccines has always been to prevent serious illness from COVID-19. COVID-19 vaccination significantly lowers your risk of severe illness, including hospitalization, if you get infected. Compared to people who are up-to-date with their COVID-19 vaccinations, unvaccinated people are more likely to get COVID-19, and much more likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19. People who are vaccinated can get infected or reinfected with COVID-19, but most often experience milder symptoms. 

Q: If we need to keep getting booster doses, does this mean the COVID-19 vaccines are not working? 

A: The COVID-19 vaccines work well to lower risk of severe illness, including hospitalization from COVID-19. But that protection reduces over time. A booster dose can restore that protection. This is especially important for people who are higher risk for serious illness from For more information, visit: coronavirus.ohio.gov COVID-19 including people who are older or have underlying medical conditions. 

Q: How long does protection from a COVID-19 vaccine last?

A: Scientists are monitoring how long COVID-19 vaccine protection lasts. COVID-19 vaccines work well to prevent severe illness and hospitalization. But protection decreases over time, especially for certain groups of people including people who are older or who have weakened immune systems or certain medical conditions. Booster doses help restore protection. The CDC continues to review evidence and updates guidance as new information becomes available.

Q: Can I get a booster dose of a different vaccine than I initially received? 

A: A COVID-19 booster dose does not have to match the vaccine given for the primary series. Some people may prefer the vaccine type originally received, and others may choose to get a different booster. Adults (18+) can choose the Pfizer or Moderna booster. Youth (12-17) can receive the Pfizer booster only. 

Q: Can I get a flu shot at the same time as my COVID-19 booster? 

A: Yes. You can get a COVID-19 vaccine and a flu vaccine at the same time. Getting both vaccines is important for prevention of severe illness, especially heading into fall and winter when respiratory illnesses increase. 

Q: Are the side effects worse for the booster? 

A: People may have some side effects from a COVID-19 booster, just like the original vaccine, including pain, redness or swelling at the injection site, tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, fever, and nausea. These are normal and signs the vaccine is working. Serious side effects are rare, but may occur. 

Q: What does “up to date” on COVID-19 vaccinations mean? 

A: People are best protected from COVID-19, just like other diseases, when they stay up-to-date with vaccinations. A person is up-to-date with their COVID-19 vaccinations if they have received all doses in the primary series and all boosters recommended, when eligible. 

Q: Where can I get a booster dose? 

A: Vaccines are widely available at many locations across the state, including local health departments, pediatricians, family physicians, community health centers, adult and children’s hospitals, and pharmacies. Ohioans are encouraged to call their provider for more information or visit gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634) to locate a provider or make an appointment. 

Q: How much does a booster dose cost? 

A: There is no out-of-pocket cost for a COVID-19 vaccine. You do not need to pay or have health insurance to get a booster. If you do have health insurance, your provider may ask for your insurance, Medicare, or Medicaid information because providers can charge an administration fee to insurance. 

Q: Do I need to bring my COVID-19 vaccine card to my appointment? What if I lost it? 

A: Ohioans are encouraged to bring their existing COVID-19 vaccine card to be updated. If you cannot find your vaccine card, you should first contact your original vaccine provider to see if they can locate your records. If they are unable to assist, please contact your local health department. If they are unable to assist, please review this information on how to mail a request for your vaccination records to the Ohio Department of Health. You will not be able to obtain a new vaccine card through the Ohio Department of Health, but you will be able to access your vaccination records. If you do not have your card, you can still get your booster dose. 

For additional information, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov. For answers to your COVID-19 questions, call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1- 833-427-5634). Your mental health is just as important as your physical health. If you or a loved one are experiencing anxiety related to the coronavirus pandemic, help is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call the COVID-19 CareLine at 1-800-720-9616.

Schedule your COVID primary or booster shot here.

9/9/2022 Weekly COVID Update

Fayette County Public Health will host a drive-thru flu and COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Tuesday, October 4 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Fayette County fairgrounds. No appointment is necessary.


Detailed information about eligibility and timing of boosters can be found here.

In the last 14 days, Fayette County Public Health (FCPH)  has received reports of 116 new COVID cases, five hospitalizations, two deaths, and 147 new recoveries. The COVID Community Risk Level in Fayette County remains “high.” At-home tests are now widely available, and those results are not reported to FCPH, so the actual number of new cases is likely higher than reported. For more detailed data, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov and view the COVID dashboard.

Take action when COVID community levels are high

The homepage of the FCPH website features a widget so you can find the current COVID community risk level anytime. The data source is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Visit faycohd.org to view.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the following actions when the community risk level is high.

  • Wear a mask indoors in public
  • Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines
  • Get tested if you have symptoms
  • Additional precautions may be needed for people at high risk for severe illness

People may choose to mask at any time. People with symptoms, a positive test, or exposure to someone with COVID-19 should wear a mask.

Guidelines for quarantine and isolation can be found at: https://bit.ly/cdciq.

COVID vaccinations available for ages 6 months and up

FCPH offers COVID vaccinations for children ages 6 months and up. COVID-19 vaccination can help protect everyone from getting seriously ill from COVID-19. Appointments for COVID vaccinations can be made by calling 740-335-5910 or visiting faycohd.org/events.

Please bring:

  • COVID vaccination record if you have already received at least one dose
  • Health insurance card

There is no cost for a COVID vaccine. Patient insurance is billed for a fee to administer the vaccine, but patients will not be billed.  To view more dates, visit faycohd.org/events.

Frequently Asked Questions about bivalent boosters

What is a bivalent COVID-19 booster?

COVID-19 vaccines have, to this point, targeted the original COVID-19 strain. COVID-19 variants have made the vaccines a little less effective over time. The new bivalent vaccine provides protection against both the original strain and the new Omicron BA.4/BA.5 variants. This provides broader protection against COVID-19. This is similar to what happens with the flu vaccine every year.

What bivalent COVID-19 vaccine boosters are recommended?

The CDC has recommended bivalent formulations of the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines.

The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, bivalent is authorized for use as a single booster dose in individuals 18 years of age and older.

The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, bivalent is authorized for use as a single booster dose in individuals 12 years of age and older. 

Is the bivalent COVID-19 booster safe?

The basic ingredients used in both bivalent boosters are the same as the original monovalent vaccine. Testing by Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech of their original monovalent vaccines showed that the vaccines were safe. The FDA reviewed the bivalent boosters and concluded that small changes in the vaccine target shouldn’t change the safety profile, in line with what is done with the flu vaccine.

Who is eligible for the bivalent COVID-19 booster?

Anyone 12 and older who had their primary vaccine series or last booster more than 2 months ago is eligible for the bivalent booster. The bivalent booster can’t be used for the primary vaccine series. Those aged 5 to 11 who have completed the primary vaccine series should get boosted 5 months after their most recent dose with the original vaccine. Children ages 6 months to 4 years are currently not authorized for any COVID-19 booster doses. 

Will the new booster shots prevent COVID-19 infections completely?

The bivalent booster should be more effective at preventing COVID-19 symptoms and the severe effects of COVID-19 than the original vaccine. But some people will still get and transmit COVID-19 even if they are vaccinated.

What does it mean to be up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccinations?

You have completed a COVID-19 vaccine primary series and received the most recent booster dose recommended for you by CDC based on age, the vaccine you first received and time since the last dose.

Am I still able to get a first dose or second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine?

Local health departments, pharmacies and doctor’s offices still offer many opportunities for you to get vaccinated.

Can I get my bivalent COVID-19 booster and my flu shot at the same time?

Yes! Currently the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommend that if a person is eligible, both influenza and COVID-19 vaccines can be administered at the same visit, without regard to timing. If you have concerns about getting both vaccines at the same time, speak with a health care provider.

Can I receive a bivalent booster if I had a previous Omicron infection? 

Yes, all patients can benefit from bivalent boosters regardless of previous infection.  

Where can I get the bivalent booster?

You can call Fayette County Public Health at 740-335-5910 or visit faycohd.org/events to schedule the booster. You can also visit gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov.

8/26/2022 Weekly COVID update

Fayette County Public Health (FCPH)  has received reports of 53 new COVID cases, one hospitalization, one death, and 68 new recoveries in the past 7 days. At-home tests are now widely available, and those results are not reported to FCPH, so the actual number of new cases is likely higher than reported. For more detailed data, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov and view the COVID dashboard.

COVID Community Risk Level is High

The COVID Community Risk Level in Fayette County remains “high.” The homepage of the FCPH website now features a widget so you can find the current COVID community risk level anytime. The data source is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Visit faycohd.org to view.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the following actions when the community risk level is high.

  • Wear a mask indoors in public
  • Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines
  • Get tested if you have symptoms
  • Additional precautions may be needed for people at high risk for severe illness

People may choose to mask at any time. People with symptoms, a positive test, or exposure to someone with COVID-19 should wear a mask.

Guidelines for quarantine and isolation can be found at: https://bit.ly/cdciq.

COVID vaccinations available for ages 6 months and up

FCPH offers COVID vaccinations for children ages 6 months and up. COVID-19 vaccination can help protect everyone from getting seriously ill from COVID-19. Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, and Pfizer vaccines and boosters will be offered on August 30, September 13, 20, and 27. Appointments for COVID or school immunizations can be made by calling 740-335-5910 or visiting faycohd.org/events.

Please bring:

  • COVID vaccination record if you have already received at least one dose
  • Health insurance card

There is no cost for a COVID vaccine. Patient insurance is billed for a fee to administer the vaccine, but patients will not be billed.  To view more dates, visit faycohd.org/events.

Roberts is new Director of Nursing

Ashley Roberts, RN, has been promoted to the position of Director of Nursing at Fayette County Public Health (FCPH). Roberts began her career with FCPH in 2014 as a school nurse at Washington Middle School. Since that time she has demonstrated a passion for public service and leadership while wearing many hats at the health department, according to Deputy Health Commissioner Leigh Cannon, MPH.

“Ashley has taken the reigns of several projects at Fayette County Public Health, both planned and unplanned,” Cannon said. “She was instrumental in the development of the Vivitrol program. When the COVID-19 pandemic response began, she led the clinical staff through the response as a member of the COVID strike force. She most recently served as the Workforce Development Coordinator.” Roberts represents FCPH on the Faith in Recovery Coalition and the Drug-Free Communities Program – Prevention Coalition.

Roberts grew up in Fayette County and is a Miami Trace Panther alumni.  Her family includes her husband and two children, three dogs, and lots of farm animals. She is a 4-H advisor for the Fayette Land & Livestock 4-H Club.

“I am very excited to give back to the community I grew up in,” she said. “ I love that Public Health is all about inclusivity and health equity, and it ensures equal access to resources for everyone, regardless of their background.”

In other health department personnel news, Jackie Lewis, M. Ed., has been promoted to Accreditation and Workforce Development Coordinator. Joining Darci Moore, CNP on the Reproductive Health & Wellness team are Erica Dumford, CMA, and Ashley Ruth, RN. Ruth also serves as the Communicable Disease Nurse.

8/19/2022 – Weekly COVID update

Fayette County Public Health (FCPH)  has received reports of 65 new COVID cases, four new hospitalizations, and 74 new recoveries in the past 7 days. At-home tests are now widely available, and those results are not reported to FCPH, so the actual number of new cases is likely higher than reported. For more detailed data, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov and view the COVID dashboard.

COVID Community Risk Level is High

The COVID Community Risk Level in Fayette County remains “high.” The homepage of the FCPH website now features a widget so you can find the current COVID community risk level anytime. The data source is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the following actions when the community risk level is high.

  • Wear a mask indoors in public
  • Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines
  • Get tested if you have symptoms
  • Additional precautions may be needed for people at high risk for severe illness

People may choose to mask at any time. People with symptoms, a positive test, or exposure to someone with COVID-19 should wear a mask.

Guidelines for quarantine and isolation can be found at: https://bit.ly/cdciq.

COVID vaccinations available for ages 6 months and up

FCPH offers COVID vaccinations for children ages 6 months and up. COVID-19 vaccination can help protect everyone from getting seriously ill from COVID-19. Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, and Pfizer vaccines and boosters will be offered on August 23 and 30. Appointments for COVID or school immunizations can be made by calling 740-335-5910 or visiting faycohd.org/events.

Please bring your COVID vaccination record if you have already received at least one dose, and your health insurance card. There is no cost for a COVID vaccine. Patient insurance is billed for a fee to administer the vaccine, but patients will not be billed.  

8/5/2022 – Weekly Update

There has been one new COVID death and four new COVID-related hospitalizations reported to Fayette County Public Health (FCPH) over the last 7 days. In addition, FCPH has received reports of 61 new cases and 68 new recoveries. At-home tests are now widely available, and those results are not reported to FCPH, so the actual number of new cases is likely higher than reported.

COVID Community Risk Level is High

The COVID Community Risk Level in Fayette County remains “high.” The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the following actions when the community risk level is high.

  • Wear a mask indoors in public
  • Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines
  • Get tested if you have symptoms
  • Additional precautions may be needed for people at high risk for severe illness

People may choose to mask at any time. People with symptoms, a positive test, or exposure to someone with COVID-19 should wear a mask.

Guidelines for quarantine and isolation can be found at: https://bit.ly/cdciq.

.COVID-19 Cases, Hospitalizations, and Deaths

The numbers in parentheses reflect changes over the last 7 days.

  • 8404 cases (+61)
  • 521 hospitalizations (+4)
  • 123 deaths (+1)
  • 8072 presumed recovered (+68)

Cases Per 100,000: (14-day period ending 7/20/2022)

Fayette County: 459.2 per 100,000 (down from 504.8 last week)

Ohio:  441.6 per 100,000 (up from 438.5)

For more information, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov.

COVID vaccinations are available for ages 6 months and up

Fayette County Public Health (FCPH) offers COVID vaccinations for children ages 6 months and up. COVID-19 vaccination can help protect everyone 6 months and older from getting seriously ill from COVID-19. Parents are encouraged to talk to their child’s doctor or a qualified healthcare provider to get the facts about COVID-19 and the available vaccines. Consent from a parent or guardian is required before youth under age 18 years can be vaccinated. Emancipated teens may sign their own consent.

Vaccination Schedule

Fayette County Public Health will offer Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, and Pfizer COVID vaccines and boosters on the following Tuesdays in August at the health department office: August 2, 16, 23, and 30. There will be no clinic on August 9 due to a back-to-school childhood immunization clinic. Appointments for COVID or school immunizations can be made by calling 740-335-5910 or visiting faycohd.org/events.

Please bring:

  • COVID vaccination record if you have already received at least one dose
  • Health insurance card

There is no cost for a COVID vaccine. Patient insurance is billed for a fee to administer the vaccine, but patients will not be billed.  To view more dates, visit faycohd.org/events.

COVID-19 vaccination status in Fayette County

  • 13,606 started (48%)
  • 12,713 completed (45%)
  • 6310 first booster
  • 1132 second booster

Find the Community COVID Risk Level at faycohd.org

The homepage of the Fayette County Public Health website now features a widget so you can find the current COVID community risk level anytime. The data source is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

7/22/2022 Weekly Update: COVID Community Risk Level is “High”

COVID Community Risk Level is High

The COVID Community Risk Level in Fayette County is now “high.” There have been 127 new cases reported to Fayette County Public Health in the past 7 days. There have been no new hospitalizations or deaths in that same time period. At-home tests are widely available but are not reported to FCPH. Individuals testing positive with an at-home test are not reflected in the number of cases reported.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the following actions when the community risk level is high.

  • Wear a mask indoors in public
  • Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines
  • Get tested if you have symptoms
  • Additional precautions may be needed for people at high risk for severe illness

People may choose to mask at any time. People with symptoms, a positive test, or exposure to someone with COVID-19 should wear a mask.

For more information about how the CDC determines community risk levels, visit this page.

Guidelines for quarantine and isolation can be found here.

COVID vaccinations available for ages 6 months and up

Fayette County Public Health (FCPH) offers COVID vaccinations for children ages 6 months and up. COVID-19 vaccination can help protect everyone 6 months and older from getting seriously ill from COVID-19. Parents are encouraged to talk to their child’s doctor or a qualified healthcare provider to get the facts about COVID-19 and the available vaccines. Consent from a parent or guardian is required before youth under age 18 years can be vaccinated. Emancipated teens may sign their own consent.

Vaccination Schedule

Fayette County Public Health will offer Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, and Pfizer COVID vaccines and boosters on the following Tuesdays in August from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the health department office: August 2, 16, 23, and 30. There will be no clinic on August 9 due to a back-to-school childhood immunization clinic. Appointments for COVID or school immunizations can be made by calling 740-335-5910 or visiting faycohd.org/events.

Please bring:

  • COVID vaccination record if you have already received at least one dose
  • Health insurance card

There is no cost for a COVID vaccine. Patient insurance is billed for a fee to administer the vaccine, but patients will not be billed.  To view more dates, visit faycohd.org/events.

COVID-19 vaccination status in Fayette County

  • 13,568 started (48%)
  • 12,677 completed (44%)
  • 6262 first booster
  • 952 second booster

.COVID-19 Cases, Hospitalizations and Deaths

The numbers in parentheses reflect new cases over the past 7 days.

  • 8261 cases (+69)
  • 510 hospitalizations (no change)
  • 122 deaths (no change)
  • 7969 presumed recovered (+106)

Cases Per 100,000, 14-day period ending 7/20/2022

Fayette County: 445.2 per 100,000 (up from 326 last week)

Ohio:  391.4 per 100,000 (up from 334.1)

For more information, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov.

Weekly Update 7/15/2022

COVID Risk Level: Medium

The COVID-19 Community Level in Fayette County is currently MEDIUM. The recommendations based on this level are:

COVID vaccinations are available for ages 6 months and up

Fayette County Public Health (FCPH) offers COVID vaccinations for children ages 6 months and up. COVID-19 vaccination can help protect everyone 6 months and older from getting seriously ill from COVID-19. Parents are encouraged to talk to their child’s doctor or a qualified healthcare provider to get the facts about COVID-19 and the available vaccines. 

Consent from a parent or guardian is required before youth under age 18 years can be vaccinated. Emancipated teens may sign their own consent.

Vaccination Schedule

Fayette County Public Health will offer all 3 COVID vaccines and boosters on Tuesdays in July from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the health department office. Appointments can be made by calling 740-335-5910 or visiting faycohd.org/events.

Please bring:

  • COVID vaccination record if you have already received at least one dose
  • Health insurance card

There is no cost for a COVID vaccine. Patient insurance is billed for a fee to administer the vaccine, but patients will not be billed.  To view more dates, visit faycohd.org/events.

COVID-19 vaccination status in Fayette County

  • 13,559 started (48%)
  • 12,674 completed (44%)
  • 6239 first booster
  • 893 second booster

.COVID-19 Cases, Hospitalizations and Deaths

The numbers in parentheses reflect new cases over the past 14 days.

  • 8192 cases (+90)
  • 510 hospitalizations (+9)
  • 122 deaths (no change)
  • 7863 presumed recovered (+72)

Cases Per 100,000: (14-day period ending 6/29/2022)

Fayette County: 326 per 100,000 (up from 227.9 last week)

Ohio:  334.1 per 100,000 (up from 277.4)

For more information about the clinics and programs at Fayette County Public Health, visit their website at faycohd.org.

6/24/2022 Weekly Update – COVID vaccinations for 6 months and up available next week

COVID Vaccinations available for 6 months and up

Fayette County Public Health (FCPH) will offer COVID vaccinations for children ages 6 months and up beginning Tuesday, June 28. COVID-19 vaccines are recommended for infants, children, and teenagers ages 6 months and older to prevent serious illness, including the risk of hospitalization and death. Initially, FCPH will only be offering the Pfizer vaccine. Learn more about the Pfizer pediatric vaccine here.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)  issued emergency use authorizations this week for COVID-19 vaccine products by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna created specifically with lower doses for children. There are different doses for different age groups. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all children ages 6 months and older, including children who have already had COVID-19, get vaccinated and get a booster dose when eligible.

Help Protect Your Child

COVID-19 vaccination can help protect everyone 6 months and older from getting seriously ill from COVID-19. Parents are encouraged to talk to their child’s doctor or a qualified healthcare provider to get the facts about COVID-19 and the available vaccines. 

There is no way to tell in advance how children or teens will be affected by COVID-19.

  • Children with certain medical conditions such as asthma, sickle cell disease, or diabetes or who have weakened immune systems are at a higher risk for serious illness.
  • Children who are otherwise healthy can get very sick from COVID-19 and need hospital care. Approximately 1 in 3 children younger than 18 years old hospitalized with COVID-19 have no underlying conditions.

COVID-19 vaccines offer the best protection against serious illness, including hospitalization and death, from COVID-19. The benefit of vaccines is protection without risking the potentially serious consequences of getting sick with COVID-19.

Children who have had COVID-19 should still get vaccinated after recovering from the infection. Prior infection does not prevent reinfection.

Vaccination can significantly reduce the likelihood of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C), a complication from COVID-19 infection where different body parts become inflamed, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes, or gastrointestinal organs.

Prepare for Vaccination

The experience of getting a COVID-19 vaccine will be very similar to the experience of getting routine vaccines. Parents can help prepare their children for vaccination.

  • Tell the vaccine provider about any allergies your child may have.
  • Talk to your child before vaccination about what to expect.
  • Help make your child feel calm before vaccination. Consider bringing a favorite toy or blanket to help.
  • Encourage your child to wear loose clothing with quick access to the arm or leg, and drink plenty of water before the appointment.
  • Distract your child as the injection is being given.
  • Ask your child to sit or lie down during vaccination and for 15 minutes after the vaccine is given, to prevent fainting and injuries related to fainting. Fainting is more common among children and often related to dehydration or anxiety.
  • Stay for 15–30 minutes after your child’s COVID-19 vaccination so your child can be observed.
  • Ask your child’s healthcare provider for advice on using non-aspirin pain reliever and other steps you can take at home to comfort your child. It is not recommended you give pain relievers before vaccination to try to prevent side effects.

Some people experience mild side effects from the vaccine, which are normal signs that their body is building protection. These side effects are common and should go away in a few days. Some people have no side effects, and allergic reactions and severe reactions are rare. The most common side effects after vaccination include redness, swelling, and pain/tenderness at the injection site. Other side effects include tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, fever, nausea/vomiting, decreased appetite, and irritability.

Parent/Guardian Consent 

Consent from a parent or guardian is required before youth under age 18 years can be vaccinated. Emancipated teens may sign their own consent.

Vaccination Schedule

COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters provide protection against severe disease, hospitalizations and death.  Fayette County Public Health will offer all 3 COVID vaccines and boosters on Tuesdays in June and July from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the health department office. Appointments can be made by calling 740-335-5910 or visiting faycohd.org/events.

Please bring:

  • COVID vaccination record if you have already received at least one dose
  • Health insurance card

There is no cost for a COVID vaccine. Patient insurance is billed for a fee to administer the vaccine, but patients will not be billed.  To view more dates, visit faycohd.org/events

COVID-19 vaccination status in Fayette County

  • 13,533 started (47%)
  • 12,648 completed (44%)
  • 6201 first booster
  • 825 second booster

.COVID-19 Cases, Hospitalizations and Deaths

  • 8064 cases (+45)
  • 501 hospitalizations (no change)
  • 122 deaths (no change)
  • 7822 presumed recovered (+37)

Cases Per 100,000: (14-day period ending 6/22/2022)

Fayette County: 234.9 per 100,000 (no change from last week)

Ohio:  241.2 per 100,000 (down from 251.9)