Multiple Active Cases of COVID-19 Variant Reported in Morrison County
On Tuesday, March 30th, Morrison County reported seeing an increase in active COVID-19 cases and multiple active cases of the variant strain known as B.1.1.7., which was first identified in the United Kingdom in the fall of 2020 and was detected in the U.S. at the end of 2020. Morrison County Public Health reported in a news release that, “statewide as well as locally, case rates are being driven up by variants of the COVID-19 virus, as well as not adhering to prevention methods. Variants have been identified in Minnesota, and it is safe to assume that it is possible to be exposed to a variant anywhere in the state.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report the variant B.1.1.7 spreads more easily and quickly and may be associated with increased risk of death.
“Gatherings continue to increase risk of getting and spreading COVID-19,” Morrison County Public Health reported, urging people to make safer choices by limiting the number of people gathering and using outdoor space when possible and wearing masks if not everyone in the group has been fully vaccinated, practicing social distancing of 6 feet in the community, wearing a face mask, washing hands often, and staying home when feeling sick and getting tested.
“It is also critical to get vaccinated when you have the opportunity,” Morrison County reported. “As of March 30, all Minnesotans 16 years of age and older will be eligible to receive a vaccine.” Morrison County Public Health is prioritizing vaccine appointments for people most at risk of getting COVID-19, or those who could develop severe illness if infected such as older residents and those with underlying health conditions and in essential jobs. The final eligibility expansion comes as the federal government has promised an increased supply of vaccine by April, the health department reported.
The Vaccine Connector Tool at vaccineconnector.mn.gov/. For more information, call Morrison County Public Health at 320-632-6664. Lakewood Health’s online COVID-19 vaccine registration list is open to all Minnesotans regardless of medical condition or age as of Tuesday. People must be 16 or older to receive the Pfizer vaccine, and 18 or older to receive the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines.
“In our continued efforts to improve processes and make care more convenient for our patients and communities, Lakewood Health System has launched an online COVID-19 vaccine registration list. This option is in addition to the call-in wait list already in place. Once we receive your information, our team will contact you to schedule an appointment to get your vaccine when it’s available,” Lakewood Health reported.
To register, visit lakewoodhealthsystem.com and fill out the registration form or call 218-894-1515 (option No. 2).