Commissioners to get BCPH update

Flu vaccine available in county office

NEW ULM — Brown County commissioners will hear the most up to date COVID-19 information from Brown County Public Health (BCPH) Director Karen Moritz on Tuesday, Oct. 19.

Moritz will present Brown County by the numbers, case investigation and contact tracing, break-through cases, vaccine first, second-dose and booster efforts, age 5-11 vaccination, current CDC (Centers for Disease Control) guidelines and school consultation.

Moritz reported influenza activity remains low but is increasing slightly each week. Flu vaccination clinics for assisted living and congregate living facilities that requested them are beginning.

The BCPH office has flu vaccine for residents with Medicare, Medicaid, Blue Cross Blue Shield, or the uninsured or underinsured. Flu vaccine will be provided at an Oct. 27 employee health fair.

Moritz said BCPH will promote flu vaccination in the coming months.

“The concern is having COVID-19 and influenza outbreaks at the same time,” said Moritz. “Healthcare is already extremely overwhelmed and this would just add to the already very difficult situation.”

Commissioners will also:

• Review and consider approving the ten-year road and bridge construction program. Program projects were reviewed and discussed on the park and road tour this year.

Changes were made based on current construction costs, bond payments, estimated state aid, estimated wheelage tax, a $125,000 local levy for construction and continuation of the Local Option Sales Tax for transportation.

• Consider a proposed project updating two track crossings to concrete on CSAH 35 (First Avenue North) in Sleepy Eye. The Canadian Pacific Railroad agreed to rebuilt two track crossings with concrete panels on First Avenue.

A third track crossing was upgraded to concrete panels. The railroad pays labor costs to install the crossings and Brown County pays for materials, estimated to be $132,088.50 for two crossings.

• Consider approving a memorandum of understanding for an additional two years of the grant supporting Brown County truancy with truancy evaluator Dr. Carson of Mankato. She is willing to continue and reduced her costs from $8,000 to $6,000 for the next two years.

• The meeting begins at 9 a.m. Oct. 19 in the courthouse commissioner’s room.

(Fritz Busch can be emailed at fbusch@



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