Three Rivers Public Health Department wants to remind everyone that the timeline for COVID-19 vaccinations continues to change.
The most significant issue that the health department is facing is not having enough vaccine available to vaccinate individuals, a press release said. Currently, Three Rivers is working through Phase 1-A (tiers 1-5) and this will continue through the end of January (This can change at any time.).
Phase 1-B will begin with people in late January-early February with people aged 75-plus, then moving to frontline workers who cannot work from home or social distance, and educators.
The health department, which serves Dodge, Saunders and Washington counties, is constantly receiving updates, so the public should expect changes.
Three Rivers also is reporting four new deaths related to COVID-19.
All four individuals are Dodge County men, ages 64-87. This brings the total death count to 63 deaths in Dodge County, 14 deaths in Saunders and 18 deaths in Washington County for a total of 95 deaths in the 3RPHD health district.
The health department wants to remind individuals that you can spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick. People of any age can get COVID-19, even healthy young adults, and children. People who are older or have certain underlying medical conditions are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19. Other groups may be at higher risk for getting COVID-19 or having more severe illness.
To help protect yourself and others, Three Rivers recommends you: Stay home if you are sick, wash your hands, keep your social circle small, stay at least 6 feet apart, and wear a mask.