Local health officials continue to monitor and address the current state of health in the
community, focusing on the status of COVID-19 in Polk County.
According to data provided by Polk County Health Center, there was a slight increase in reported
cases between June and July. Last month, there were 308 new cases with an average case per day
The data for this month up until July 22 reveals that there were 324 new cases with a 14.72
average case per day. The CDC also projects that the current positivity rate for COVID-19 in
Polk County is 25%.
Michelle Morris, Polk County Health Center administrator, suspects that the reason for the uptick
of cases this summer is attributed, in part, to the different variants of COVID.
According to Morris, data from the Sewershed Surveillance report – an initiative that tests for
COVID-19 in communities – revealed that Bolivar is primarily seeing cases of the BA.4 and
Morris also says that, recently, there’s also been more reported COVID-related hospitalizations.
Due to these increases, Morris reminds the public to continue making a diligent effort to monitor
their health and take precautions to prevent sickness.
People are encouraged to maintain healthy practices, such as effective hand-washing, staying
home when feeling ill, monitoring symptoms, and getting tested as necessary. Morris also urges
individuals to contact their doctor if they feel ill.
The health center administers vaccinations on a walk-in basis with no appointment needed. Third
vaccine doses and boosters are available for qualifying individuals.
For symptomatic individuals, Polk County Health Center is a free COVID-19 testing site.