Coronavirus Vaccination

Sarah Miller receives her first coronavirus vaccine shot at the Public Health vaccination clinic on Saturday, March 13, 2021.

Last week the Delta Junction area had its third highest week of positive tests for the coronavirus by local providers since the pandemic began. Local providers reported 25 new positive tests last week. This was the highest number since the week following Thanksgiving when there were 49 positives and the week before Christmas when there were 29 positives.

November was the highest month for positives with over 100, and December dropped to a total of 39, with most occurring the week before Christmas. January and February showed significant declines with five and two positive tests, respectively.

The total positives for March is now at 42 as of cases reported through Tuesday.

Like the last surge in positive cases, there was a quick increase in cases in the end of November and the beginning of December for about three weeks and the numbers quickly dropped off again. The current increase has occurred mainly over two weeks, with highest number of positive cases, ten occurring on Saturday, with seven on Monday, and Tuesday dropping back down to just one positive.

Superintended Shaun Streyle was asked about the increase and whether it will impact plans for kids to return to school on Monday following spring break. Streyle said the school district is definitely monitoring the number of cases, but as of Wednesday afternoon they were not planning on any changes for school on Monday. He did say if the situation changes, adjustments may be made in the alert level, but he is hopeful this is just a temporary spike.

On Saturday, the Public Health Office held a vaccination clinic for the coronavirus and 139 people were vaccinated. They will be returning in April for their second vaccination dose.

A total of 584 local residents have been vaccinated as of Saturday’s clinic. Public Health Nurse Amber Rand said, “Hopefully, as more people get vaccinated, we will see a continual decline in the amount of positive Covid cases in our community.”

Last week the governor opened the vaccination program to all residents aged 16 and over. Locally, the two vaccines available can only be given to those 18 and over. Anyone interested in being vaccinated can contact the Public Health office at 895-4245 or Family Medical Center at 895-5100. Rand also said another vaccination clinic will be scheduled in the near future.

An individual did require medical treatment during the vaccination clinic, but Rand said it was not related to receiving a vaccination.

Michael Paschall is the publisher of the Delta Wind and covers general news topics. He can be reached at news@deltawindonline.com.