Vaccine Clinic

At left, Marv Lantz receives the COVID-19 vaccine from his daughter, Tammy Riegsecker, center, during the vaccine clinic at the Bryan Senior Center Wednesday. At right is Marv’s wife — and Tammy’s mother — Sharon Lantz. Riegsecker is a nurse at the Williams County Health Department and said she felt fortunate to “give back” to her parents, who received the second and final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine Wednesday. The clinic was rescheduled from Tuesday due to the winter storm.

Monday night’s winter storm caused all sorts of issues on Tuesday, including closing schools and county offices while also causing various events, including a planned COVID-19 vaccination clinic, to be rescheduled.

The clinic planned for Tuesday ended up being held Wednesday.

“(Tuesday) they rescheduled all the appointments and got those set,” Jim Watkins, Williams County health commissioner, said Wednesday afternoon.

During this clinic, held at the Bryan Senior Center, volunteers administered 260 doses of the vaccine.

According to state information updated Tuesday, there have been 3,974 people in Williams County who have received at least the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. This accounts for 10.83% of the population.

Watkins also praised a COVID call center set up in the Williams County Communications/911 center last week.

The call center number is 419-636-0081. Calls must be made during staffed hours from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

“It’s going very well, it’s helping a lot,” Watkins said. “It’s making our (office) phones a lot quieter, I really appreciate it.”

As of Wednesday, the county has had 2,974 total cases of COVID-19, resulting in 153 hospitalizations and 77 deaths.

The deaths were up two from county data reported Friday, but Watkins did not have more information on those deaths Wednesday.

“We’re a bit behind, things are a little insane right now, trying to keep track of stuff,” he said.

There have been 2,784 Williams County residents who have recovered from the disease.

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