Representatives of the Rice County Public Health Department told KDHL AM Minnesota listeners today getting vaccinated is the number one way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.

Tracy Ackman-Shaw, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator with the Rice County Public Health and Sara Coulter, Clinic and Community Supervisor pointed out the county is now in the High risk Level of Community Transmission.

Prior to Wednesday the COVID Data Tracker had Rice County listed in the Substantial category.

Categories are Light, Moderate, Substantial and High.  Below is a listing of area counties Level of Community Transmission as of August 4, 2021.

  • Rice - High
  • Waseca- High
  • Dodge- High
  • Steele- Moderate
  • Blue Earth- Moderate
  • Le Sueur- Substantial
  • Dakota- Substantial
  • Goodhue-Substantial
  • Wabasha- Substantial
  • Olmsted- Substantial
  • Scott - Substantial

According to the Minnesota Department of Health website Rice County now has 70.2% of adults with at least one dose of the vaccine.

Over the past two weeks cases have spiked in Rice County by 275 percent to 111.99 per 100,000 people.  Positivity rate in Rice County is 8.66%.

More vaccine information here.

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While much is still unknown about the coronavirus and the future, what is known is that the currently available vaccines have gone through all three trial phases and are safe and effective. It will be necessary for as many Americans as possible to be vaccinated in order to finally return to some level of pre-pandemic normalcy, and hopefully these 30 answers provided here will help readers get vaccinated as soon they are able.

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