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COVID-19 Numbers Down, Vaccinations Up in County

By Joseph Schany - | Mar 4, 2021

by Joseph Schany

Palo Alto County continues to see declining COVID-19 cases while the number of vaccinations increase across the area.

“As of Tuesday, March 2, our 7-day positivity rate is at 5 percent,” said Sarah Strohman, Palo Alto County Public Health Director, “while our 14-day positivity rate is 3.6 percent. We only have eight active COVID-19 cases right now, which is amazing.”

Since the pandemic began, 1,049 Palo Alto County residents have contracted COVID-19, with 20 reported deaths as of March 2.

According to Strohman, Public Health continues its drive for community vaccination, with various populations around the county receiving their doses of vaccine.

“We’ve finished two-thirds of the schools in the county,” said Strohman. “We have three buildings left to go and those will be completed on Friday, March 12. We have two more clinics this week, with Thursday’s makeup clinic for 80 and older at the Family Practice Clinic in Emmetsburg (originally postposed due to weather), and Friday’s clinic in Graettinger for 65 and older.”

To date, 1,620 vaccine doses have been administered in Palo Alto County between Public Health, Hughes Pharmacy and Hy-Vee Pharmacy.

“We are feeling a little less pressure now with having two other pharmacies in town administering vaccines,” Strohman said. “We are grateful for that. It allows us to get into the schools and daycares to take care of that population.”

While no further clinics have been scheduled, planning is currently underway.

Read the full article in The Democrat.