Covid shots include new category


A new category of people are eligible for COVID-19 shots at Avera Flandreau Hospital, starting this week.
Nurses will vaccinate people in the 1E category, which includes fire service people and other critical infrastructure workers, including water, energy, finance, food service, legal, manufacturing, shelter and housing, transportation and logistics, information technology and communications.
Anyone wishing to schedule an appointment for a Tuesday or Thursday afternoon vaccination, can call 997-5694, said Scott Hargens, hospital administrator.
The Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe’s clinic is vaccinating eligible patients ages 18 and older, priority one critical infrastructure workers and household members of eligible Indian Health Services patients.
The household members have been added as a way to achieve the goal of community immunity, said Cynthia Jacobs, CEO of the clinic.
In the past week, two additional people tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases in the past year to 623 for the county. Four of those cases remain active, while 602 people have recovered, state numbers as of Monday show. The county has had 17 people die and 49 people hospitalized with the disease. The number of people hospitalized increased by two this past week.
The Flandreau School District reported no new cases as of Monday.

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