Cold weather slows vaccine distribution 

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By Jessie Wagoner

 

The cold temperatures have slowed COVID-19 vaccine distribution in the area, however, new cases of COVID-19 have also declined. 

The McPherson County Health Department reported only 26 new cases of COVID-19 in the county on Tuesday. As of press time, the county has a total of 3,090 cases, with 2,611 of those having met recovery guidelines. At this time, there are 479 active cases, with eight people hospitalized and a total of 71 deaths.

The county is currently operating in Phase Three of the reopening plan. This allows gatherings up to 45 people when six-foot distance is not maintained. Social distancing, mask wearing and good hygiene is still encouraged.

Shalei Shea, director of the McPherson County Health Department, advises vaccines have been delayed but should resume soon.

“We expect vaccine shipment delays due to the frigid weather, which is why our ‘vaccine received’ count hasn’t moved,” Shea said. “Hopefully, by Thursday’s release, we have more to report.”

So far, the county has only received 1,610 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.