COVID-19

UPCOMING VACCINE CLINICS

Pfizer vaccine for anyone 12 years and older – 1st, 2nd, and booster doses (6 months from 2nd dose). Check below for eligibility for the booster dose.

Clinics are located at Inter-County Nursing Service – lower level of the Pennington County Government Center 101 Main Ave N, Thief River Falls  Walk-in or pre-register using the links below.

Friday October 22nd – 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm https://prepmod.health.state.mn.us//appointment/en/reg/8212609569

Friday October 29th – 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm https://prepmod.health.state.mn.us//appointment/en/reg/8212609569

Arctic Cat Pfizer Vaccine clinic Thursday October 28th – 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm https://prepmod.health.state.mn.us//appointment/en/reg/8212609569

PFIZER BOOSTER DOSE ELIGIBILITY.

CDC recommends: The following groups should get a booster dose of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at least six months after the second dose:

The following groups may get a booster dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine at least six months after the second dose, if the personal benefits for them outweigh the personal risks:

  • People ages 18 to 49 who are at high risk for severe COVID-19 due to certain underlying medical conditions (refer to CDC: People with Certain Medical Conditions).
  • People ages 18 to 64 who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of where they live or work.

See below for others providing COVID-19 vaccine in our area:

  • Sanford Clinic Thief River Falls: 218-681-4747
  • Altru Clinic Thief River Falls: 218-681-7280
  • Hugo’s Pharmacy Thief River Falls: 218-681-1515

COVID-19 Case Update:

COVID-19 Update for October 21st: There are 7 new reported cases for Pennington County, the individuals ages are: 1 infant, 1 child under 12, 20’s – 40’s, and 60’s.There is 1 new reported case for Red Lake County, the individual is a teen.

We continue to urge the community to take precautions whether you are vaccinated or not. Wear a mask in indoor public spaces, social distance, stay away from crowds, stay home if you are sick, wash you hands frequently and get vaccinated.

For Statewide COVID-19 data: ✅ MN Situation Update:https://www.health.state.mn.us/…/coronav…/situation.html ✅ MN Vaccine Breakthrough Weekly Update: https://www.health.state.mn.us/…/coronav…/stats/vbt.html ✅ COVID-19 Vaccine Data: https://mn.gov/covid19/vaccine/data/index.jsp

Age Case Data and Vaccine rates as of 10-6-21

Testing Sites & Information

Vaccine Information

About COVID-19

  • COVID-19 is an infectious disease.
  • The disease is caused by a coronavirus not found in people before.
  • As doctors and scientists continue to gather new information, it is important to take COVID-19 seriously. We do not yet know all of the negative effects it may have.
  • It is important to keep working to slow the spread of the virus by staying home when you can, staying 6 feet away from others, wearing a mask, covering your coughs and sneezes, and washing your hands often and well.
  • For more information on symptoms, see CDC: Symptoms of Coronavirus.

Symptoms

  • Symptoms of COVID-19 can include fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, headache, muscle pain, sore throat, fatigue, congestion, or loss of taste or smell. Other less common symptoms include gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
  • These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after you are exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19.
  • Not everyone with COVID-19 has all of these symptoms, and some people may not have any symptoms.
  • Even after recovering from COVID-19, some people may have lingering symptoms such as fatigue, cough, or joint pain. The long-term health effects are still unknown but there may be permanent damage to the heart, lungs, or other organs. This is more likely in those who had more severe illness but may also be possible even in those who had mild illness.
  • Talk to your health care provider if you have questions or concerns about symptoms.

How It Spreads

  • People can spread the COVID-19 disease to each other.
  • The disease spreads by droplets or aerosols (tiny particles) from the nose and mouth when someone who is infected coughs, sneezes, or exhales.
  • The most common way COVID-19 spreads is through close contact. When people are close to each other, the droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people nearby. It may be possible for people to breathe the droplets into their lungs. It is important to stay at least 6 feet away from other people in public. At home, someone who is sick should stay alone and in one room as much as possible.
  • COVID-19 can also sometimes spread through airborne transmission. This means that aerosols (small droplets or particles) can sometimes linger in the air for minutes to hours, and may be able to infect people who are further than 6 feet from the person with COVID-19 or after they have left the room.Airborne transmission of COVID-19 is more likely to happen in indoor spaces without good ventilation, or when the infected person was breathing heavily, like when singing or exercising.
  • It is possible that COVID-19 can spread when droplets land on surfaces and objects that other people then touch, though this is not thought to be a common way that it spreads. It is important to wash your hands before you touch your mouth, nose, face, or eyes. Clean surfaces that are touched often, especially if someone in the house is sick.
  • Infected people may be able to spread the disease before they have symptoms or feel sick.
  • A person can also spread the disease if they have no symptoms. Research has shown that around 40-50% of people infected do not develop symptoms.

What Is A Close Contact

In general, a close contact means being less than 6 feet from someone for 15 minutes or more throughout a 24-hour period. However, even shorter periods of time or longer distances can result in spread of the virus. The longer someone is close to the person who has COVID-19, and the closer they are, the greater the chance the virus can spread.

  • If you have close contact with someone who has been told by a doctor, clinic or hospital that they have COVID-19:
    • Watch yourself for symptoms for 14 days.
    • Stay home.
    • Wash your hands often.
    • Clean surfaces you touch.

How to Quarantine:

If you had close contact with a person with COVID-19 (an exposure), you need to stay home and away from others (quarantine). COVID-19 can take up to 14 days to make you sick, and some people with COVID-19 never feel sick, so you need to separate yourself from others so you don’t spread the virus without knowing it.

You should stay away from others for 14 days if:

  • Someone in your home has COVID-19.
  • You live in a building with other people, where it’s hard to stay away from others and easy to spread the virus to multiple people, like a long-term care facility.

You may consider being around others after 10 days if:

  • You do not have any symptoms.
  • You have not had a positive test for COVID-19.
  • No one in your home has COVID-19, and you do not live in a building with other people, where it’s hard to stay away from others and easy to spread the virus to multiple people, like a long-term care facility.

Even after 10 days you must still:

  • Watch for symptoms through day 14. If you have any symptoms, stay home, separate yourself from others, and get tested right away.
  • Continue to wear a mask and stay at least 6 feet away from other people.

You may consider being around others after seven days only if:

  • You get tested for COVID-19 at least five full days after you had close contact with someone with COVID-19, and the test is negative. You must get a negative PCR test, not an antigen test or antibody/blood test. Learn more about the differences at Types of COVID-19 Tests.
  • You do not have any symptoms.
  • You have not had a positive test for COVID-19.
  • No one in your home has COVID-19, and you do not live in a building with other people, where it’s hard to stay away from others and easy to spread the virus to multiple people, like a long-term care facility.

Even after seven days you must still:

  • Watch for symptoms through day 14. If you have any symptoms, stay home, separate yourself from others, and get tested right away.
  • Continue to wear a mask and stay at least 6 feet away from other people.
  • You cannot end your quarantine before 7 days for any reason.

CDC When to Quarantine link listed below:

https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/contact.html

If You Are Diagnosed With COVID-19

  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • If you are older or have certain underlying medical conditions, it is helpful to let your health care provider know you are sick. They may have specific advice for you.
  • Seek medical care right away if your symptoms get worse or you have difficulty breathing. Before going to the doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them your symptoms. They will tell you what to do.
  • What to do if you have COVID-19 (PDF)

Severity

  • Many people with COVID-19 have mild illness. However, anyone can become severely ill from this virus.
  • Risk for severe illness increases with age. For example, people in their 50s are at higher risk for severe illness than people in their 40s. Similarly, people in their 60s or 70s are, in general, at higher risk for severe illness than people in their 50s. The greatest risk for severe illness from COVID-19 is among people 85 or older.
  • People of any age who have underlying medical conditions may have a greater risk of getting very sick from COVID-19.
  • See CDC: People at Increased Risk for guidance on which underlying medical conditions put people at an increased risk or who should be extra careful.
  • Ask your health care provider if you have greater risk of getting sicker from COVID-19.
  • For more information, see:

Prevention & Treatment

  • COVID-19 has no known cures or vaccines at this time, but several COVID-19 vaccines are in development. For more information, see COVID-19 Vaccine.
  • Most people with COVID-19 have mild symptoms and are often able to recover at home with rest, liquids, and over the counter medication. If your symptoms get worse, call your clinic or an emergency room before you go.
  • If You Are Sick: COVID-19
    What to do if you are sick and information on going to the doctor.
  • Protect Yourself & Others: COVID-19
    How to slow the spread, including information on masks and cloth face coverings and cleaning your home.

Physical Health Effects

Other health effects

  • COVID-19 disease can cause more than physical health problems. COVID-19 is a continuing threat to the personal, financial, and mental well-being of Minnesotans. This stress can lead to health problems. COVID-19 can cause stress when people:
    • Must be in the hospital.
    • Lose their jobs or cannot go to work.
    • Do not have money to pay bills.
    • Are separated from family and friends.

Mental Health & COVID-19

For more details on the vaccine click on the links below:

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