COVID-19

COVID-19 Weekly Case Update:

Pennington and Red Lake County Weekly COVID-19 Update. There continues to be no new reported cases for either county. One additional hospitalization and death from early May was reported for Pennington County. For Statewide COVID-19 data: ✅ MN Situation Update: https://www.health.state.mn.us/…/coronav…/situation.html ✅ This week’s Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 Report: https://www.health.state.mn.us/…/stats/covidweekly2321.pdf ✅ COVID-19 Vaccine Data: https://mn.gov/covid19/vaccine/data/index.jsp

Testing Sites & Information

Current Vaccine Information

VACCINE UPDATE

Starting Monday May 24th, we will no longer be taking any appointments for 1st dose COVID vaccine. If you are interested in getting your 1st dose vaccine, please check with the following vaccine providers to schedule your COVID vaccine. If you are interested in a work-place or event vaccine clinic, please contact us at 218-681-0876

  • 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

View  COVID-19 Community Vaccination Program Frequently Asked Questions.

See Below For More 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

Vaccine Update

Who will be able to get vaccinated

In the United States alone we need to vaccinate hundreds of millions of people, so it will be a long process to make, distribute, and give that many doses of vaccine. Below is a preliminary list of groups of people in order who will get the vaccine (is subject to change):

MDH has brought together a COVID-19 vaccine allocation advisory group to help us make sure we are fairly and strategically making decisions for how vaccine should be distributed. The advisory group is made up of external partners who represent key populations in the state, such as local public health, long-term care, pharmacy partners, diverse communities, and more.

First Priority

  • Hospitals: People working in dedicated COVID-19 units, ICU, emergency departments, designated COVID-19 urgent care.
  • Long-term care facilities (skilled nursing facilities & nursing homes): All people working in these facilities.
  • Emergency medical services: People providing direct patient care as part of the EMS System.
  • First responder personnel: People who generally provide direct patient care to the general public in response to medical and/or trauma incidents in the performance of their job duties.
  • COVID testers: People providing testing at large community testing sites.
  • COVID community vaccinators: Public health vaccinators and those administering COVID-19 vaccine in phase 1a.

Second Priority

  • Hospitals: People providing direct patient services or handling infectious materials and not included in the first priority group, including affiliated clinics and health care personnel contractors.
  • Long-term care facilities (assisted living facilities/housing with services with an arranged Home Care Provider): All people working in these facilities.
  • Urgent care: People providing direct patient services or handling infectious materials not included in the first priority group.
  • Dialysis centers: People providing direct patient services or handling infectious materials.

Third Priority

  • All remaining health care personnel not included in the first and second priority groups. This does not include health care personnel that are teleworkers, and onsite personnel who can maintain safe social distance (6 feet apart) while working.
  • This includes, but is not limited to: Health care personnel that work in hospitals, ambulatory and outpatient settings, home health settings, emergency shelters, long-term care facility, dental offices, pharmacies, public health clinics, mental/behavioral health settings, correctional settings, and group homes medical transportation providers, mortuary personnel and coroner personnel.
  • School employees
  • Child Care Workers
  • 65 and older

Health care employers who have not made arrangements for vaccination of their staff, health care personnel who are self-employed, and health care personnel who have not heard from their employer about vaccination can submit their information on Health Care Vaccination Connection Form. MDH will share the information with your local health department. They will reach out to you when there are vaccines and appointments available.

How Will We Know If The Vaccine Is Safe

Having a safe and effective vaccine is the top priority. We all want a safe and effective vaccine as soon as possible. Approving vaccines as safe, and making sure they work, is up to several scientific groups at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and other groups look at available information about a vaccine and make informed decisions about the risks and benefits of using it. MDH is committed to making vaccine available once we are confident that it is safe and effective.

Is The Vaccine Being Studied in Children or Pregnant Women?

The first vaccine studies are usually done with groups that are at highest risk for the disease, or who will get very sick if they get the disease. Then the studies are expanded to other groups such as pregnant people and people who are immunocompromised (cannot easily fight off a disease). For COVID-19 vaccine, studies focused on non-pregnant adults ages 18 years and older at first. Vaccine manufacturers have likely started expanding to pregnant people and some children as they get more data from the first part of their studies. The first COVID-19 vaccines will not be able to be given to children.

Why We Need A Covid-19 Vaccine?

Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 will be one of the best ways to protect yourself and everyone around you. The more people who get vaccinated against COVID-19, the better it is for everyone. More people vaccinated means that there will be less disease in our communities. Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is one of the most important steps to protect yourself and your community. By stopping the spread of COVID-19, we can keep businesses, schools, and other venues open. Stopping the spread of COVID-19 gets us closer to the end of the pandemic.

Will Covid-19 Vaccine Be Required?

Minnesota will not require COVID-19 vaccines. The COVID-19 vaccine has been approved for use under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). You have the right to refuse or accept the COVID-19 vaccine, as stated in the EUA fact sheet: Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine EUA Fact Sheet for Recipients and Caregivers. We strongly encourage you to get the COVID-19 vaccine if it is available to you. Getting the COVID-19 vaccine will help protect you and your family, coworkers, residents, patients, and community.

What Will The Covid-19 Vaccination Cost Me?

COVID-19 vaccine will be provided to people at no cost.

How Many Doses Of Covid-19 Will Be Needed?

Two doses will be needed for at least the first two COVID-19 vaccines. The doses will need to be given 3 or 4 weeks apart, depending on the product being used. As time goes on, we will also have to evaluate whether future doses would be needed, like needing to get a tetanus shot every 10 years or getting a flu shot every year.

Moderna Vaccine Ingredients

  • 1.93 mg (SM-102, polyethylene glycol [PEG] 2000 dimyristoyl glycerol [DMG], cholesterol, and 1,2-distearoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine [DSPC])
  • SM-102 (Proprietary to Moderna)
  • 0.31 mg Tromethamine
  • 1.18 mg Tromethamine hydrochloride
  • 0.043 mg Acetic acid
  • 0.12 mg Sodium acetate
  • 43.5 mg Sucrose

Other Vaccine Information

For local clinics/patient care business who have questions about receiving the vaccination please call your local public health office for more information.

  • Phone Number: 218-681-0876
  • Hours: Monday-Friday 8am-4:30pm

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

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