|4/9/2021 12:56:00 PM|
Chisago County vaccination pace is great, but hospitalizations pick-up
COVID-19 Community Vaccination Site in Lino Lakes
County Public Health officials are seeing good vaccination activity in Chisago County but the hospitalizations of residents has risen.
Courtney Wehrenberg told the County Board this week 10 people have been hospitalized in the 10 days prior to Wednesday night’s meeting.
She also reports that the case numbers (87 new for a week) are similar to what Chisago County was seeing in January.
Still, Chisago ranks second in the central region of Minnesota for percentage of population vaccinated. As of this week there are 36 percent of Chisago County residents with one dose of vaccine and 23 percent have completed the series. Public Health has administered 5,270 doses and uses its allocations for the week within three days of receipt. In the 65 years plus category, residents have a vaccination percentage of 85.5 percent.
Wehrenberg stated the recommendation continues to be to wear a mask, be socially distant, use hand hygiene and get a shot, “as we still race to beat this disease.”
At the end of this month, public health will be working towards transitioning to have one-day clinics on its schedule, but still expects to administer 600 to 1,000 per day. Staff numbers are going to be impacted by several retirements on the horizon, so Public Health is making adjustments now.
In total there have been 5,297 cases in the county. The deaths remain at 48.
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The State of Minnesota’s COVID-19 Community Vaccination Program is expanding further this week, Governor Tim Walz announced, with a new permanent vaccination site in Lino Lakes at the former YMCA.
The large-scale Lino Lakes site is the ninth permanent community vaccination site in Minnesota, joining Minneapolis, Duluth, Rochester, Bloomington, Saint Paul, St. Cloud, Mankato and Oakdale. The Pfizer vaccine will be administered in Lino Lakes this week.
“The state’s expansive network to bring vaccines directly to Minnesotans in their communities continues to grow. Our Community Vaccine Program remains a key component of this life-saving network,” said Governor Walz. “The community vaccination sites are getting shots into arms safely and efficiently, and this new site in Lino Lakes will help us reach more Minnesotans 16 years and older.”
As of March 30, all Minnesotans 16 years of age and older have been eligible for COVID-19 vaccination.
“The Community Vaccine Program site in Lino Lakes will help us get shots to more folks who are eligible,” said Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan. “Minnesota providers are working around the clock to get shots to Minnesotans 16 and up, and we’re excited to stand up an additional state site to help boost vaccination.”
Minnesotans who have not received a vaccine should sign up for the Minnesota COVID-19 Vaccine Connector, which will notify users about vaccine opportunities near them. Users currently eligible for the vaccine may be randomly selected for an appointment at a Community Vaccination Program location. Minnesotans may be contacted directly if they can make an appointment.
As Minnesota waits for additional supply of vaccine, it is critical that Minnesotans work to protect the progress the state has made by doing their part to slow the spread through testing, social distancing, mask wearing, and hand washing.
How Minnesotans Can Get Their Shot:
• Register for the Vaccine Connector to get invited to make an appointment at one of the state’s COVID-19 Community Vaccination Program locations: https://mn.gov/vaccineconnector.
• Use the state’s Vaccine Finder Map to find the closest vaccine provider: https://mn.gov/covid19/vaccine/find-vaccine/locations/index.jsp.
• Contact their primary health care provider or a local pharmacy.
• Employers may also reach out with information about vaccination opportunities.
How Minnesotans Can Get a COVID-19 Test at No Cost:
• Walk in or schedule an appointment for a test at one of the state’s community testing sites across Minnesota: https://mn.gov/covid19/get-tested/testing-locations/community-testing.jsp.
• Order a test through the state’s at-home COVID-19 testing program: https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/testsites/athome.html.