About a third of COVID-19 tests came back positive at Marysville’s Community Memorial Healthcare during the month of August.

CMH gave a total 76 tests and 25 were positive, said Deb Hedke, CMH infection prevention and employee health nurse.

The hospital and clinic ask people upon entering to again screen at the registration desk or nurse station.

“Our county is listed with a high level of community transmission at this time,” Hedke said.

“Most people are recovering from home with cold-like symptoms,” she added, noting that most people are probably testing with home COVID tests.

There were nine CMH staff members who tested positive in August and four patients with the virus were admitted for short stays during the month, and four people were under observation.

“We are still requiring visitors and staff to wear masks upon entering our facility per federal regulation,” Hedke said. “We are asking people to not come into our facility to visit or for outpatient procedures or seeing a physician if they have been diagnosed with COVID within a 10-day period, or have symptoms or have been around someone who is positive for COVID.

“If you are sick with possible COVID, please call the Community Physicians Clinic or Blue Rapids Clinic and schedule to be swabbed for COVID there or come to the emergency room,” Hedke said.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends updated COVID-19 boosters from Pfizer-BioNTech for people ages 12 and older and from Moderna for people ages 18 and older.  

Updated COVID-19 boosters add Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 spike protein components to the current vaccine composition, according to the CDC. This helps to restore protection that has waned since previous vaccination by targeting variants that are more transmissible and immune-evading.