Coronavirus Updates

Officials urge caution as COVID cases rise in the county

By Cindy Urbaniak, Kittson County Public Health director Last week, Kittson County is seeing the largest increase in COVID cases since the start of the pandemic. Kittson Healthcare diagnosed 20 new cases of COVID-19 so far in April, with 10 positive cases on Friday, April 9 alone. Symptoms of COVID-19 mimic the average cold symptoms.…

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Vaccine clinics continue, shot now offered to anyone 16, older

By Anna Jauhola Anyone 16 and older can now receive the COVID-19 vaccine, which is good news for Kittson County Public Health continuing to vaccinate anyone wanting the shot. Cindy Urbaniak, public health director, said the priority groups have pretty well been covered in the county and she is hoping more people will take advantage…

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COVID vaccinations open to more people

By Anna Jauhola Vaccinations are being made available to a larger number of people in Kittson County. As the country moves toward getting the majority of adults vaccinated for COVID-19 by this summer, Kittson Healthcare in Hallock announced this week it is scheduling appointments for people in the next categories. According to Kittson Healthcare, people…

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MN launches tool to connect residents to COVID vaccines

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Gov. Tim Walz announced last week the launch of the Minnesota COVID-19 Vaccine Connector, a tool that helps all Minnesotans find out when, where and how to get their COVID-19 vaccine. The Vaccine Connector is the next step of the state’s vaccination strategy to meet Minnesotans where they are and connect…

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Kittson Healthcare does not expect COVID vaccine this week

By Enterprise Staff Those seeking a COVID-19 vaccine this week are being encouraged to find locations outside Kittson County. According to its Facebook page, Kittson Healthcare Center in Hallock stated Monday it was not expecting to receive any vaccine this week from Minnesota Department of Health. Officials are uncertain when they may receive vaccine. To…

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Vaccine list out the window

Clinic goes well, but dose shipments are unreliable By Anna Jauhola While the nation struggles to get enough vaccine on hand to inoculate the population against COVID-19, Kittson County is no different. In recent weeks, county residents had heard Kittson Healthcare in Hallock was keeping a list of those 65 and older who wanted to…

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COVID-19 variant found in Minnesota

The Minnesota Depart-ment of Health (MDH) today announced the new variant strain of the SARS-CoV-2 virus first detected in the United Kingdom was identified by genomic sequencing in positive specimens from five residents of four different counties in the Twin Cities metro area. Four of the cases were identified through the MDH Public Health Laboratory,…

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Vaccine rollout successful, continues in Kittson County

By Anna Jauhola About 100 healthcare workers in Kittson County received the Pfizer vaccine last week to protect against COVID-19. “Pretty much everybody had a good response,” said Cindy Urbaniak, public health director. “There were a few side effects — maybe a headache, sore arm was probably the most common side effect we heard about,…

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COVID numbers skyrocket, affect healthcare workers

By Anna Jauhola As cases of COVID-19 continue to rise in the county, no one is immune – least of all those who work within healthcare facilities. Last week, Kittson Healthcare updated its Facebook page after a week-long hiatus. Those in charge had been doing regular updates of case numbers and deaths, but it suddenly…

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Eleven new COVID-19 testing sites to open across Minnesota, including one in Crookston

Crookston, Minn. — In order to expand access to free, “no barrier” COVID-19 testing, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has announced 11 new longer-term COVID-19 testing sites will open across Minnesota in the coming weeks. Testing at the Crookston National Guard Armory, 1801 University Avenue opened Monday, Nov. 16. Pre-registration is requested to avoid long…

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