New vaccines for essential workers; Hy-Vee also has vaccines

Humboldt County Public Health would like to extend its sincerest thank you to our 65 and older community and our educators for their flexibility and patience at our COVID-19 vaccination clinics this week.
This week the department provided vaccines to 449 individuals between first time and second dose vaccinations.
Public Health has confirmation of 120 doses, which will arrive early next week. With this limited supply, the department will begin to vaccinate essential workers in food processing, agricultural production, distribution and manufacturing, that cannot properly socially distance in the workplace. Public Health will be working with the employers to get dates and times scheduled.
For the 75 and older community that received their first dose on Wednesday, Feb. 10, they will be getting their second dose on Wednesday, March 10, at the Humboldt County Fairgrounds Events Center. Please schedule a second dose appointment, if you haven’t already, by calling Humboldt County Public Health at (515) 332-2492.
The Humboldt Hy-Vee pharmacy location has received an allocation of COVID-19 vaccine. These vaccines are available to the following individuals:
• Pre-K through 12th grade teachers and staff, and childcare workers
• People ages 65 and older
Visit to fill out the digital vaccine consent form and select a vaccine appointment time and location. Please be patient and do not call the Hy-Vee Pharmacy in Humboldt. They do not have access to schedule appointments that are not available online.
The Iowa Department of Public Health and Humboldt County Public Health identified six additional cases of COVID-19 virus on Friday, March 5. Of the new cases, three are ages 18-40 and three are ages 41-60.
The six new cases bring the total positive cases to 1,142 since the first case was reported in the county April 18, 2000. A total of 1,098 patients have recovered and there have been 25 deaths. The number of active positive cases in the county is 19.
Humboldt County has reported 11 positive cases in the past week for a positivity rate of 5 percent. Humboldt and Wright counties at 5 percent are slightly ahead of Pocahontas (2 percent) and Kossuth and Webster (3 percent).
Statewide, positive tests in the 18-29 age groups is nearly twice as high as any other age group. Iowa residents in their 30s, 40s and 50s are all trending at 14-15 percent positivity in the past seven days.

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