Jul 21, 2021 9:13 PM

Uptick in county COVID cases includes new variant

Posted Jul 21, 2021 9:13 PM

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — Reno County’s recent uptick in COVID cases includes five carrying the Delta variant.

The Reno County Health Department says the Delta variant is more contagious than previous variants. According to the CDC, it accounts for 83% of positive cases in the United States. 

Reno County cases recently jumped from 11 to 31 last week. The virus is also now affecting younger populations, including young adults and children.

The Reno County Health Department is asking residents to be proactive by getting the vaccine. To date, only 40% of Reno County residents have received at least one dose. It’s also important to continue mitigating measures such as social distancing by more than 6 feet, mask wearing, sanitizing hands and staying home when you are sick.

COVID-19 vaccinations are available to anyone over the age of 12. Vaccines are free to any resident, regardless of citizen status or insurance. Visit https://vaccinefinder.org/ for a list of local options and availability. For a free ride to one of the vaccine sites, call RCAT at 620-694-2913.

The health department is accepting walk-ins for COVID-19 vaccinations during normal operating hours. They will also be holding two Saturday vaccination clinics on July 24 and Aug. 14 from 8 a.m. to noon. For more information, call 620-694-2900 or visit www.renogov.org.

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