September 20, 2022
Dr. Michaels speaks to the community about COVID-19
MOBILE, Ala. — Dr. Kevin P. Michaels, Health Officer for Mobile County, would like to share this message on COVID-19 with the community:
Ladies and Gentlemen,
The number of COVID-19 cases in our community has continued to decline from high to low transmission.
Please stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines. We have had several successes with the additional vaccines covering 6 months and up, a new-to-market traditional COVID-19 vaccine (Novavax), and the new bivalent booster vaccines. Please discuss the appropriate vaccine strategy and booster requirements with your healthcare provider if you are in doubt.
You can receive the latest information on vaccines and testing locations from our COVID-19 Response Team by visiting www.MCHDcares.com or by calling 251-410-MCHD (6243).
If you have symptoms, get tested. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has extended the shelf life of many of the at-home test kits based on data received from the manufacturers. Please check the FDA site for the specific extension dates at this link — https://www.fda.gov/medical-devices/coronavirus-covid-19-and-medical-devices/home-otc-covid-19-diagnostic-tests/
Also, be aware that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has modified the isolation guidance. If you test positive for COVID-19, then you must isolate for at least 5 days and continue to wear a mask through Day 10. If you have access to antigen tests, you should consider using them. With two sequential negative tests 48 hours apart, you may remove your mask sooner than Day 10.
We have all been instructed on social distancing, washing hands, cough/sneeze etiquette, and terminal disinfecting. These are basic measures to protect ourselves and others. 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. Some community activities may still require masking when entering their spaces.
Kevin Philip Michaels, MD, MPH, FACOEM
Mobile County Health Department