At the conclusion of a recent KDHL AM Minnesota program I asked Rice County Public Health Department Director Deb Purfeerst what message she wanted to get out to the public concerning COVID-19.

Her reply simply was, "COVID is still very prevalent.  Get vaccinated.  Wash your hands frequently."

The Rice County Public Health Department COVID Dashboard updated today (Oct. 4, 2021) shows there have been 9,468 total cases.  4,133 female, 5,240 male (obviously some left blank).

It should be noted the Minnesota Department of Health shows Rice County with 9,500 cases.

35,524 people have completed a vaccine series.  37,272 people have at least one vaccine dose.  65+ in Rice County is 91%.  16+ 66.7%.

There have been 427 hospitalizations total since the pandemic began in Rice County withe the average age of the patient 61,

71 people have been admitted to an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) with the average age 60.

127 Rice County residents have lost their lives to COVID.  Average age 78.  Age range is from 24 to 104. 75 have been residents of long term care.  41 private, 9 prison, 2 group home.

The case rate for Rice County per 100,000 residents is 283.70 which according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is considered a high transmission level.

Communities breakdown of cases includes some places outside Rice County.

  • Faribault 5,590
  • Northfield 2,148
  • Lonsdale 743
  • Morristown 252
  • Dundas 240
  • Webster 149
  • Nerstrand 93
  • Kilkenny 56
  • Warsaw 52
  • Montgomery 49
  • New Prague 38
  • Kenyon 19
  • Veseli  13
  • Waterville 12
  • Medford 11

Cases breakdown by residences in Rice County:

  • Private  4,493
  • Blank  3,263
  • Prison  1,199
  • Long Term Care  243
  • College/University Dorm 185
  • Other Boarding School  48

Purfeerst did say when you are eligible to receive the booster shot get it. She added you can get an influenza vaccine and the booster at the same time if you want to.

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