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 said Thursday in a press release that Nobles County’s infection counts have risen from last week’s total of 4,192 cases to 4,256 total cases. A total of 72 cases are current infections and within the 10-day isolation period.
The known, currently-infected residents fall into the following age ranges and are listed along with the change from last week’s report: birth through age 10, one (down one); 11-15, three (up two), 16-19, three, down three), 20-25, eight (up two), 26-50, 32 (up 18), 51-64, 12 (up six), and ages 65 and older, 13 (up 12).
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.
Adolescents between the ages of 12 and 15 years old can receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine; Pfizer for 16 to 18 year olds; and all other vaccines for older-age people.
The federal government announced Aug. 18 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.
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.