Murphy City Councilmembers received an update on Murphy and Colin County COVID-19 infection and fatality numbers at the March 16 meeting.
The update arrived at around the one-year anniversary date of the pandemic hitting the country.
Fire Chief Del Albright told council that the county had 71,177 cases, with active cases now at 1,190. The virus had killed 767 people countywide.
As far as Murphy data, the county health department does not provide numbers to the city anymore, but the city may receive information from local health authority Dr. Mark Gamber. Murphy has had just six fatalities. Current COVID-19 statistics in the state and county continue a downward trend.
Over the year, the city had 71 employees tested and received 16 positive tests.
Albright discussed information on the city’s vaccination plan, including the site – MCC/ Gymnasium – and staffing levels, with employees from all departments participating.
“We did have our first vaccination clinic on March 10-11,” Albright said, noting the city administered 119 doses. He said the city could have administered a few hundred more doses that day – up to 400. He provided some more data before encouraging people to consider getting inoculated against the virus.
“Bottom line is, we want to get over this thing,” Albright said. “Do not hesitate, procrastinate or negate – vaccinate.”
By Don Munsch • [email protected]