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Nobles County adds 15 new COVID-19 cases during past week

The Nobles County COVID Incident Command Team continues to meet to track Coronavirus trends within Nobles County as well as new recommendations from the CDC.

Nobles County Emergency Management Director Tawn Hall reported in a press release Thursday that a third vaccine or booster shot has now been recommended to be administered eight months after your last Moderna or Pfizer dose. More studies are being completed on whether or not a booster shot will be recommended for those who received the J & J vaccine. The booster shot process is recommended for anyone who received Moderna or Pfizer and will be starting the week of Sept. 20.

As of Aug. 18, the federal government has announced that it will implement new regulations requiring nursing homes to mandate that all of their workers be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of participating in the Medicare or Medicaid programs. These new regulations will apply to 15,000 nursing home facilities, which employ approximately 1.6 million workers and serve approximately 1.3 million nursing home residents.

Hall added Thursday that Nobles County’s infection counts have increased by last week’s total of 4,177 cases to 4,192 total cases. However, 29 people came out of the 10-day isolation period since last week’s report. While the number of total cases has increased, Hall stated, the county had remained pretty steady with less than 50 current cases in isolation over the past 4 weeks.

The county still encourages people to receive vaccinations as the Delta variant continues to spread. Area private-vaccine providers in Nobles County are all in Worthington and follow in alphabetical order: Access Family Medical Clinic/Avera Medical Group, Hy-Vee Pharmacy, Sanford Health, Sterling Drug and Walgreens (Worthington).

Contact Nobles County (Public Health) at 295-5213 if someone is interested in receiving a vaccine and/or they have questions regarding receiving a vaccine.

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