On Tuesday Marshall County Health Department began giving the Pfizer vaccine against COVID-19 to children ages 5 to 12.

It was the launch of the youngest group now eligible for vaccination, in hopes of stemming a growing tide of COVID-19 cases here.

Sue Rhodes, health department director, said all ages have been showing up to be tested for the virus, which is consistently infecting dozens of countians in recent weeks.

On Monday, 91 positive cases were reported and by Tuesday, 67 positive cases were recorded, bringing the total number down after people completed the 10-day quarantine period.

Rhodes said seven people were hospitalized with the virus on Tuesday. The number of deaths has remained at 27 for the past few weeks.

“It’s showing up in a mixture of businesses, schools and families,” Rhodes said.

On Monday, health department staff gave tests every 15 minutes throughout much of the day, for a total 43 tests.

On Tuesday, the clinic was bustling. It is the one day of the week the health department gives COVID-19 vaccine shots.

Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson remained available for all levels of shots for adults, and Moderna is now available for the the booster shot.

Walmart Pharmacy has Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson shots available daily.

Rhodes said the guidelines for people to get a booster are “pretty broad.” The criteria is posted on the Kansas Department of Health & Environment website at kdhe.ks.gov.

For free testing, Community Memorial Healthcare and the health department are available throughout the week. People can reach CMH’s Community Physicians Clinic at 785-562-3942 and the health department at 785-562-3485.

Walmart’s pharmacy in Marysville is at 785-562-3000. To make an appointment at Walmart’s pharmacy, people can go to walmart.com/covid.