Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates
April 26, 2021
Wabasha County COVID Vaccine Clinic and Vaccine Rate Information:
Wabasha County Public Health has been working on vaccinating our community since December 30, 2020. Data from The Minnesota Department of Health as of April 24, 2021 indicates that 52.0% of our county has at least one vaccine dose, and 42.5 % have completed the COVID vaccine series. The vaccination rate for Wabasha County residents between the ages of 50-64 is 67.6%, and for our 65+ population the rate is 95.9%. I am proud to say that Wabasha County is one of the counties with the highest COVID-19 vaccination rates in Minnesota.
Public Health has been organizing and administering vaccine up to three times each week since December. We have noticed a drastic drop in registrations in our county the last two weeks. Because of the difficulty in filling spots and the complex vaccine storage and handling procedures we will be planning our clinics a bit differently moving forward.
Public Health receives Moderna Vaccine which comes in vials with 10 or 15 doses per vial. We would like to have the number of those registered match the doses in a vial. This will allow us to be able to better manage our supply of inventory, and eliminate the need for calling in extra people to cover no shows for appointments. If you have not received your vaccination you are eligible at this time! Please contact Wabasha County Public Health (651-565-5200) to get on our list. When we have reached the 10 or 15 people needed we will contact you to help you schedule your appointment.
Please take the time to share this information with those in our county who may not receive newspapers or do not have access to social media or the County Website for updates. Wabasha County Public Health would like to thank our community for their work in helping to reduce the spread of COVID-19 over the past year.
State Launches New Tool to Connect All Minnesotans to COVID-19 Vaccines:
Please use this link for the Minnesota Vaccine Connector tool: VaccineConnector.MN.GOV
SECOND DOSE COVID-19 VACCINE INFORMATION:
Wabasha County Public Health wants to remind the public about the importance of receiving COVID-19 vaccines according to how they’ve been authorized by the FDA. Getting a 2nd dose is key for individuals to get the level of protection observed in the large randomized trials supporting their effectiveness.
When we set up a vaccine clinic we have already calculated when a 2nd dose is due. It is 28 days after the first dose. During our clinics we must closely monitor vaccine for temperature control, and because there are no preservatives we must use all the vaccine from a vial within 6 hours of it being punctured. This means if you miss day 28 we will not be able to accommodate one person the next day because 9 doses would go to waste.
Individuals must take personal responsibility to be available on the 28th day to receive their 2nd dose. If the 2nd dose is missed, we cannot guarantee if or when we would have that 2nd dose available for those who missed their appointments.
Wabasha County Wabasha Public Health COVID-19 Hotline: 651-565-8103
The hotline is for residents or the general public looking for information regarding COVID-19 and will be staffed Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
A COVID resource hotline for Spanish speakers in greater Minnesota has now been launched. The number to call is 651-304-6145.
Wabasha County: Confirmed Cases: 2,042; Deaths: 3 (Estimated Number of Active Cases in Isolation: 22).
Wabasha County COVID -19 Case Graphs as of 05/07/21 - will be updated every two weeks (dependent on our case count).
All Minnesotans are now able to order an at-home saliva test at no cost. For more information, visit COVID-19 Test at Home.
Remember each one of us can stop the spread of COVID-19 by following the simple guidelines below:
-Please, wear a face covering in all indoor businesses and public indoor spaces.
-Please, wash your hands and use hand sanitizer frequently, and physically distance by staying 6 feet away from people you do not live with.
-If you do become ill, call your health care provider before you go in to be tested. If you are ill with any COVID-19 symptoms or test positive, you must stay home until you are fever-free for 24 hours and have improvement of respiratory symptoms OR 10 days--whichever is longer.
-And, if you are in close contact of a case you must remain home for the full 14 days, regardless of whether you test negative.
Spanish Speaking Resources
Be sure to follow Wabasha County Public Health on Facebook for important updates!
Community Resource Booklet for Wabasha County
Please refer to the following links for the most current and upated information relating to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19):
Minnesota Department of Health
Centers for Disease Control
Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 (PDF) (Also available in Chinese, Hmong, Russian, Somali, Spanish and Vietnamese)