Nov 13, 2021 11:36 AM

Smaller cities seeing COVID increases in the county

Posted Nov 13, 2021 11:36 AM

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — The Reno County Health Department says that  20% of new cases are in children between ages 5 to 12. That comes as the active case count jumped back above 300 in the past week. Still, the majority of cases are occurring in the 60 and over age group. Two school clusters and a long-term care facility have contributed to the increase. The biggest increases as a proportion to population have occurred in the Buhler, Haven and Burrton areas. Cooler weather has also led to a rise in indoor activities.

The health department says that, with the holidays approaching, it is strongly recommending vaccination to protect yourself and your loved ones. All Kansans over the age of 5 are eligible for the vaccine. Booster doses are also available for those aged 65 and over, residents in long-term care settings, and those aged 50 to 64 years with underlying medical conditions. Persons aged 18 to 49 with underlying medical conditions and ages 18 to 64 who are at increased risk for exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting may also receive a booster.

The Reno County Health Department is administering vaccines during normal operating hours. Appointments by phone are recommended but walk-ins will be accepted as space allows. The vaccine is free to any Reno County resident, regardless of citizen status or insurance. Call 620-694-2900 and select option 6 for scheduling. Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines are all available, as well as the flu vaccine. It is now permitted to mix and match vaccines for your booster shot and to receive a flu shot at the same time as a COVID vaccine.

The health department is open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to noon, and 1 to 6 p.m., and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 6 p.m. To view vaccine availability at other sites, visit https://vaccinefinder.org/. For a ride to one of the vaccine sites, call RCAT at 620-694-2913. Click here to view the Reno County COVID-19 dashboard.

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