COVID numbers climb in surrounding counties, vaccines readily available in McPherson


By Jessie Wagoner


Active cases of COVID-19 are increasing in surrounding counties, serving as a reminder that COVID-19 is still active. Currently, McPherson County reports 16 active cases, with one hospitalization. 

“Even though McPherson County COVID-19 cases have remained steady the last few weeks, we recognize surrounding counties and areas across the state are experiencing significant increases in new cases,” Shalei Shea, director of the McPherson County Health Department, said. “It’s important residents remember COVID-19 is still circulating locally. We can be proactive by getting vaccinated and remain vigilant by distancing, wearing masks if you’re not fully vaccinated, staying home when sick, and practicing hand hygiene.”

McPherson County has plenty of vaccines available for residents. Shea said current authorized vaccines are highly effective at preventing COVID-19 transmission and severe illness, including against prevalent variants like the Delta variant. Both the Alpha and Delta variants have been identified in McPherson County.

McPherson County vaccination rates are highest among those age 65 and above. Just over 80% of that age group are fully vaccinated. The 12 and over population is just above 48% vaccinated. 

“We would like to see an increase in rates among all age groups, but especially the 12 to 18 year olds, since school is just around the corner,” Shea said. “We want to keep our children in school and in a safe environment, and getting vaccinated if you or your children are eligible is the best action to take to make that happen.” 

To get vaccinated, contact your primary care physician or the McPherson County Health Department.