59 cases of COVID-19 found in Island Health over weekend

59 cases of COVID-19 found in Island Health over weekend

Fifty-nine more cases of COVID-19 were identified in the Island Health region over the weekend, health officials announced Monday. Twenty-two people also died of the virus over the same time period.

"These of course are our grandparents, our friends, our aunts, our uncles, our sons and daughters", Henry said. Tioga County has 5 COVID-19 patients hospitalized, 2 in the ICU, none on ventilators and 1 available ICU beds.

"As COVID-19 vaccines continue to be distributed across the state, this important tool will help those in Jackson County learn where they fall in that distribution plan", said Sen.

"We put a lot of time and effort into making sure we had people trained, making sure we had the right equipment to safely move vaccine - that people knew how to handle it".

Minnesota has followed guidance from the federal Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and earmarked limited initial supplies of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines to the 1a priority group of health care workers at greater risk of infection, and long-term care residents at greater risk of severe illness due to their ages and underlying health conditions.

The new outbreak is located at Hart House in Victoria, which is owned and operated by Trillium Communities.

"We are excited to be giving vaccine to the community, but are asking for partnership and patience while we work through priority groups as outlined by MDHHS and the Center for Disease Control", said Courtland Keteyian, Henry Ford Allegiance Health vice president of population health.

The second dose largely improves the duration of vaccine effectiveness, rather than its protective effectiveness.

State health officials say there was just one person admitted to the hospital.

The province estimates that by delaying the second COVID-19 vaccine dose, approximately 150,000 more people will be able to receive their first dose of the vaccine over the next three months.

More than 140,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Minnesota, where state health leaders will begin discussion Monday on how to get the next wave of shots to the elderly and essential front-line workers.

This is a developing story.

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