ADDISON - Although Addison town officials and employees have mixed views about the COVID-19 vaccine that is being administered in Winston County, they all agree the vaccine is needful, especially with the town facing hardships due to surging virus cases.
Mayor Marsha Pigg said that Addison Town Hall remains closed to public access, with customers encouraged to use the drive-through. Also, the town is not renting any of its facilities.
Cases of COVID-19 have been high in the town and surrounding area, affecting not just community residents but the town’s nine employees, the mayor stated. As of press time, only the town clerk and the water superintendent have not had COVID.
COVID has caused hindrances to both the police and fire departments--resulting in extra hours for officers and a delay in response time for the fire department.
One of the town’s worst cases has come from within the police department. Police officer Greg Rooks has been suffering from a severe case of COVID-19, requiring an extensive hospital stay, town officials said.
“We’ve had a lot of prayers go up in our churches and everywhere,” Pigg said about all of those who are suffering from the highly contageous virus.
Police Chief Mitchell Woodard said that COVID-19 has affected every member of the department, especially Rooks.
“All three of my officers, including me, have had it,” Woodard noted.
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