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COVID hits 11.7% of BC residents

BROWN COUNTY– As of Friday, at least 11.7% percent of Brown County residents have contracted COVID in the last year.

Total lab confirmed COVID cases in the county reached 2,938 since the start of the pandemic. This month, the county has averaged around 10 new cases of COVID each day. The case count could officially reach 3,000 by next week. This only includes laboratory confirmed cases. Public Health is unable to account for those who do not test. The actual number of COVID cases in the county is likely higher.

COVID case counts are still on the rise, but vaccination efforts continue across the state. According to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), in Brown County over 39% of residents have completed the vaccine series, meaning over a third of the county is vaccinated against the virus. Over 57% of residents have received at least the first dose.

Vaccine clinics have been opened up to most age groups and appointments for vaccine are available.

Brown County Public Health has two COVID 19 Vaccination Clinics coming up:

Thursday, April 22, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Springfield Allina Clinic/Hospital area; and Friday, April 23, from 3 to 5:30 p.m. at the New Ulm Civic Center.

To make an appointment you can access the link on the Brown County Website

https://www.co.brown.mn.us/

or call 507-233-6820 to make an appointment.

If the clinic fills up or if the clinics this week do not fit your schedule there is a waitlist survey link on the website you can fill out. Public Health will notify you when doses become available, or you may call at 507-233-6820 for assistance filling out the waitlist survey.

As of April 12 in Nicollet County, 4,370 total COVID vaccines have been received, 3,589 first doses administered and 2,097 second doses administered, Nicollet county Health & Human Services reported. In addition, 200 one-dose (Jansen) vaccines were administered.

Sibley County Public Health will offer a first dose Moderna COVID vaccination clinic for individuals age 18 and older from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Thursday, April 22 at the Sibley County Service Center, 111 8th St., Gaylord. A registration link and phone registration begin at 10 a.m., Monday, April 19. Phone registration may result in longer wait times, according to Sibley County Public Health.

Specific ways to access vaccination in Brown County:

• New Ulm Medical Center – by phone only: 507-217-5011

• Brown County Public Health – has two clinics this upcoming week, one in New Ulm and one in Springfield. These clinics are open to anyone age 18 and above. If the clinics are full, individuals can sign up for the BCPH vaccination waitlist, found on public health’s website. Those unable to complete the online form can call 507-233-6820 to sign up.

• Sleepy Eye Medical Center – online at www.semedicalcenter.org or by phone: 507-794-8453

• Hy-Vee – online only: www.hy-vee.com/my-pharmacy/covid-vaccine

• Walgreens – online at www.walgreens.com/ or by phone 507-359-8793 and press option 1

• Walmart – online only: www.goodrx.com/covid-19/walmart

• Thrifty White – online only: www.thriftywhite.com/covid19vaccine

(Fritz Busch contributed to this story).

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