Marshall County’s COVID-19 numbers continued to grow to 19 active cases Tuesday.
Health Department director Sue Rhodes said one of the cases is hospitalized in critical condition. Cases range from people in their middle 30s to middle 60s, she said of ages, and several are in two clusters, one at a business and another at a housing development.
All 19 current cases had not received a vaccine.
While the county reports 24 deaths due to COVID-19 in total, a tracking program with the New York Times reported another death in the county in recent days. Rhodes said that it’s possible a death was recorded to the state but not to the local health department.
She said some autopsies of suspected COVID-19 cases take longer to confirm and report either locally or to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.
The health department continues to offer two-shot Moderna vaccinations to adults. Medical staff will soon begin giving Pfizer shots to adolescents.
Starting June 1, youth ages 12 and older can begin to receive COVID-19 vaccinations at the health department, which is at Sixth and Broadway in downtown Marysville.
Last Thursday, the department posted a Facebook notice for parents and caretakers of adolescents that the Pfizer vaccine will be available and to call for an appointment for a first shot on June 1. To schedule a vaccination, people should call the health department at 785-562-3485 to get their child’s name on the list for that day or another day.
Pfizer vaccine is a two-dose shot, with the second shot given a month after the first.
The health department has made vaccines available for several months for people ages 18 and older and will expand to giving the Pfizer vaccine to the younger set after its recent federal approval for adolescents.
Rhodes said people can be assured the vaccine is safe, as are others that are administered routinely to children, after the vaccines have undergone extensive testing.
She has received no reports of adverse reactions from the vaccine in adults who have been immunized, other than minor side effects such as headache, muscle soreness and fatigue that last a day or two.
Rhodes encourages anyone with questions to call the health department.