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Supervisors Discuss COVID Vaccine, IDPH Shares Phase 1B Priority Populations

By Joseph Schany - | Jan 20, 2021

by Joseph Schany

“We currently have 70 active cases of COVID-19 in Palo Alto County,” said Sarah Strohman, Public Health, offering her weekly COVID update to the Palo Alto County Board of Supervisors Tuesday morning.

“Our 14-day positivity rate is at 16 percent which has gone up like anticipated after the holidays. There have been 879 total cases of COVID and nine deaths in Palo Alto County.”

Strohman provided an update on the vaccination process currently underway in the county.

“Yesterday we received notification that our boost dose for those who’ve received their first vaccination dose in our health care population and long-term care facilities should be shipped this week or early next, so those people will be finishing up as soon as there are ample quantities.”

As Public Health continues to work through Phase 1A vaccinations, questions have been raised regarding the priority population in Phase 1B.

“We have been getting a lot of requests from people saying that their group should be identified as high priority,” said Strohman. “It actually takes a committee to determine who will first get the vaccine. There is an immunization committee that deals with the ethics behind the immunizations and picking the category of people who are eligible first.”

Continued Strohman, “I’m hoping we will see some further breakdown of that 1B group and I’m hoping shortly after that we will see those doses start rolling in. But until we see it there is not a lot we can do on our end other than plan.”

Strohman noted that the public will be notified on details regarding the next phase of vaccinations.

“We are going to be publishing that information in the newspaper, on Facebook, through KEMB-LP, and we are also putting information in local church bulletins to try and get it out there when it’s time for people to register for their immunization appointment.

Read the full story in The Democrat January 14, 2021