Countryside Public Health will begin its COVID-19 vaccinations this week, which it called a great step forward as we move into 2021. Countryside, which serves 5 counties including Swift and Big Stone, also reported that its case numbers in its 5-county area are decreasing as of now. The spike they saw through much of November and December appears to be tapering off and lowering. Dashboard numbers are available on the Countryside website.
Vaccines will begin with all EMS staff in its area who are EMSRB Certified. In addition, they are working to identify and schedule assisted living and additional agencies within the priority groups for vaccinations.