Covid claims one more


Vaccinations coming for public

One additional Moody County resident has died, and others have been hospitalized after testing positive to COVID-19.
The death brings the total in the county to 15. In addition, 40 people have been hospitalized, including two more this past week, according to the state Department of Health’s numbers released Monday.
The overall number of cases in the county grew by 22 this past week to 582. Of those cases, 38 are active and 529 are listed as recovered. There have been 1,621 negative tests.
Moody County has vaccinated 253 people so far, and 24 people have gotten the full two doses.
Scott Hargens, administrator at Avera Flandreau, said the remainder of people who need a second dose or who fall into the first categories will be vaccinated this week.
After that, vaccinations will be given to those people who fall into the 1d category, starting with people ages 80 and older.
“We’re basically still planning for that,” he said. “I do believe we’ll see 1d likely get started in the state relatively soon.”
Avera Flandreau will notify people as the vaccine becomes more available and will use social media and other ways of announcing shots are available, he said. The local clinic is preparing for both vaccinations being given at its facility or for a community location, if needed, he said.
At Flandreau schools, five students and one teacher are out with COVID-19. Four of the students are in the middle school, and one is in high school. The teacher is in high school.
In addition, 38 students and 22 teachers have recovered since school started in August.

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