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While state continues to see drop in COVID-19 infections, Iron County lags behind – St George News



ST. GEORGE – Even though the number of COVID-19 infections continues to drop dramatically in most parts of Utah, Iron County is one of the areas that is not.

Dr. Michelle Hofmann, Assistant Director of the Utah Department of Health, speaks during a press conference on May 27, 2021 in Salt Lake City, Utah Screenshot of Governor Spencer Cox’s Facebook page, St. George News

Dr. Michelle Hofmann, assistant director of the Utah Department of Health, said there is a big reason Iron County is lagging behind the rest of the state.

“It’s about vaccination rates and masking behavior,” Hofmann said during the governor’s weekly COVID-19 press conference, mentioning that Iron County’s vaccination rates are at the low end of the state’s counties. “And if you haven’t been vaccinated, you should still wear a mask.”

According to the Utah Department of Health, 38.3% of Iron County’s people are fully vaccinated. That equates to 48.3% in Garfield County in the east, where no new COVID-19 infections have occurred in more than two weeks, and around 41% in Washington County and 50% in the rest of the state.

Iron County is the only area in the state south of Millard County that is above the low transmission rate on the Utah Department of Health’s COVID-19 transmission index. As of Thursday, the state health department announced that Iron County’s case rate is 180.53 per 100,000 people – more than double that of Washington County, which has more than double the population.

This is a minor change from the previous week when the Cedar City home parish was 195.1. A county must be below 100 to be low. Washington County is at 88.9. And of Iron County’s other neighbors, Beaver County is 59.61 and Garfield County – after having had no cases in two weeks – is 0.

Outside of Iron County, Utah, there was an overall one-week decrease in the number of people per day who contracted COVID-19. The national average per day is now 245, compared to 328 per day last Thursday, according to the Utah Department of Health.

The map shows the current level of each county in Utah as per the COVID-19 transmission index provided by the Utah Department of Health on May 27, 2021 Photo courtesy of the Utah Department of Health, St. George News | click to enlarge

The key, said Hofmann, goes back to vaccinations. She said that as of Jan. 1, 99.5% of new infections, 98.7% of hospital admissions, and 99.9% of deaths from COVID-19 deaths are from people who are not vaccinated.

“This is the miracle cure,” said Hofmann.

The Salt Lake City press event marked another turning point at the end of the pandemic: Governor Spencer Cox said it would be the last weekly COVID-19 presser to opt for bi-weekly updates. He is also closing his task force to have the Department of Health monitor the remainder of the pandemic.

Even so, Cox mentioned that at that moment, with COVID-19, he has a friend over oxygen in the hospital who had planned to get the vaccine but had postponed it.

With that, he made a plea for others who postponed the vaccination to get their shots.

“Since we made vaccinations available to everyone, 70 people have died. They’re both completely preventable deaths, ”said Cox. “If we announce a death now, they don’t have to happen.”

In May, southern Utah recorded seven COVID-19 deaths, according to the Southwest Utah Public Health Department, although the last death was recorded a week ago.

Something Cox said he forgot was a prediction he made during his press conference on February 25th where he said, “I’ll tell you. I won’t be wearing this on July 4th. “

Governor Spencer Cox speaks during a press conference on May 27, 2021 in Salt Lake City, Utah Screenshot from Governor Spencer Cox’s Facebook page, St. George News

On Thursday, Cox said although he was convinced of his July prediction, he was not so confident that his prediction would come true before Memorial Day, given the Centers for Disease Control’s recommendation for wearing masks and physical distancing those who were vaccinated ended on May 13th.

“Looking back, I took a lot of warmth for the July 4th comment,” said Cox. “At the time, we didn’t think we could open vaccines to everyone until May.”

All of the Utahns were able to qualify for the vaccine just a month after Cox’s prediction on March 24th.

Currently, Cox believes the pandemic can be final if the state goes beyond the roughly 50% or so of Utahns that are currently fully vaccinated against COVID-19. And while he is still thinking about a financial reward or lottery for those who are fully vaccinated, he still sees this as a last resort.

“We’re very conservative financially in this state. If it’s not necessary, we should spend it and it shouldn’t be,” said Cox. “It would be great if we didn’t need any incentives at all. Not to die should be a great incentive. “

Received the COVID-19 vaccine

  • Those who are currently able to receive the first dose of the vaccine: Everyone aged 12 and over. The 12-18 year olds can only get the Pfizer vaccine. Use to find clinics with the Pfizer vaccine.
  • Those who can get the second dose: Those who received their first injection 28 days or more before the appointment.
  • You need to book an appointment online in advance, although some pharmacies offer viewing appointments.
  • Must wear a short-sleeved shirt to the appointment and should have personal ID.
  • Proof of residence may be required, although a person does not need to live in the county where they will receive the vaccine. Part-time residents can get vaccinated with proof of residence.
  • Vaccinations are free.
  • People without an email address or without an online reservation can call a specialized hotline at 435-986-2549.
  • To receive notifications when new vaccine appointments are added to the Southwest Utah Health Department, write SWUHEALTH at 888777.
  • To get a free ride to and from a vaccine appointment through Lyft, call 211.
  • Businesses, organizations, and religious institutions can bring a mobile vaccination clinic to their campus for free by either visiting this link or by calling the Southwest Utah Public Health Department at (435) 673-3528.

Washington County:

Where: Southwest Utah Health Department Office, St. George Office, 620 S. 400 East, St. George

Reservations: Click here to register

Iron County:

Where: Southwest Utah Health Department Office, Cedar City Office, 260 DL Sargent Dr., Cedar City, 84721.

Reservations: Click here to register

Kane County:

Where: Kanab Office of the Department of Health in Southwest Utah, 445 N. Main St., Kanab.

Reservations: Click here to register

Garfield County:

Where: Panguitch Office of the Department of Health in Southwest Utah, 601 Center St., Panguitch.

Reservations: Click here to register

Beaver County:

Where: Southwest Utah Health Department Beaver Office, Jan.5 1175 North, Beaver.

Reservations: Click here to register

St. George Regional Hospital / Intermountain Healthcare:

Where: 400 East Campus St. George Regional Hospital, 544 S. 400 East, St. George.

Reservations: Click here to register

FourPoints Health:

Where: Different locations.

Reservations: Click here to register

Awesome Health:

Where: Revere Health Campus, 2825 E. Mall Drive, St. George.

Reservations: Click here to register

Rocky Vista University:

Where: Rocky Vista University – Southern Utah campus at 255 E. Center St. in Ivins.

Reservations: Click here to register


Where: 745 N Dixie Dr in St. George and 915 Red Cliffs Dr. in Washington City.

Reservations: Click here to register


Where: 1189 E. 700 South in St. George and 3520 Pioneer Parkway in Santa Clara.

Reservations: Click here to register

Lin’s marketplace:

Where: 1930 W. Sunset Blvd. and 2928 E. Mall Drive in St. George, 1120 State St. in Hurricane, and 150 N Main St. in Cedar City.

Reservations: Click here to register

Smith’s Food and Drug:

Where: 20 N. Bluff St. and 565 S. Mall Drive in St. George and 633 S. Main St. in Cedar City.

Reservations: Click here to register


Where: 275 S River Rd. In St. George.

Reservations: Walk-ins available. Otherwise, click to register


Where: 2610 Pioneer Rd. In St. George, 625 W. Telegraph St. in Washington City, 180 N. 3400 West in Hurricane, and 1330 S. Providence Center Dr. in Cedar City.

Reservations: Walk-ins available. Otherwise, click to register

Family pharmacies:

Where: Multiple locations

Reservations: Use to find a location near you

COVID-19 information resources

St. George News has made every effort to ensure that the information in this story is correct at the time of writing. However, as the situation and science surrounding the coronavirus evolve, it is possible that some data has changed.

Check the following resources for the latest information and resources.

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Chris Reed is the weekend editor and reporter for St. George News. He has steadily moved east after growing up among the Valley Girls of Southern California’s San Fernando Valley. He graduated from Cal State Northridge before spending a decade in Las Vegas. As a sports reporter and editor, he once compared shoe sizes with Shaq. As a news reporter and editor, he has covered parades, triumphs and tragedies. He also got close to the stars who advertised a room module maker. He came to St. George out of love and has loved the community more and more. He is the proud father of two boys, the youngest being a champion against autism and type 1 diabetes.


Latest on COVID-19 in MN: Trends solid as hospitalizations, cases fall



3 things you should know

  • Active cases fall below 1,000; Hospital stays abate

  • New cases are trending to lows in April 2020

  • 66.4 percent of residents aged 16 and over with at least one vaccination; 62.5 percent fully vaccinated

Minnesota public health leaders once feared the end of the Minnesota statewide masking order would lead to a surge in COVID-19 cases. However, five weeks later, the pandemic continues to decline rapidly.

New cases, active cases, and hospital admissions are all trending at low levels that have not been seen since the earliest weeks of the pandemic.

Here are Minnesota’s latest COVID-19 statistics:

  • 66.4 percent of Minnesotans 16 and older received at least one vaccine dose; 62.5 percent fully vaccinated

  • 7,549 deaths (4 new)

  • 604,608 positive cases; 99 percent less insulation

COVID-19 monitors are now looking for signs of an upward trend as the state approaches a month after all remaining statewide COVID-19 capacity restrictions on bars, restaurants and other public meeting rooms come to an end. So far, however, the signs are all good.

The slow vaccination rate remains the greatest challenge. As things stand, it will take the beginning of August for the state to achieve its goal of vaccinating 70 percent of the population aged 16 and over.

New, active cases at mid-April 2020 lows

Known, active COVID-19 cases in Minnesota dropped to 982 in Monday’s data, a staggering decrease over the past seven weeks. As of May 1, there were more than 15,000 such cases in Minnesota.

Active, Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Minnesota

The state has had an average of about 115 newly reported cases per day over the past week. Both newly reported and active case numbers are still around lows that go back to mid-April 2020.

Declining case numbers lead to fewer hospital stays. Daily hospital admissions are near their lowest level since data collection began in the weeks following the discovery of the first COVID-19 case in Minnesota last year.

Chart of new COVID-19 hospital admissions in the ICU and outside the ICU

The Department of Health reported 139 people hospitalized in Minnesota with COVID-19 on Friday – half fewer than earlier this month – with 44 in need of intensive care.

Four newly reported deaths on Monday brought the Minnesota pandemic number to 7,549. Of the deceased, around 59 percent lived in long-term care or assisted living facilities; most of them had health problems.

New COVID-19-related deaths are reported in Minnesota every day

The state has so far recorded 604,608 confirmed or probable cases of the pandemic, including the 100 posted on Monday.

New COVID-19 Cases Per Day in Minnesota

About 99 percent of Minnesotans known to be infected with COVID-19 during the pandemic have recovered enough to no longer need to be isolated.

The number of cases had crept across the state in April after a massive spike in late November and early December. But now the numbers are low and declining in every age group and region.

New COVID-19 Cases by Minnesota Area

People in their twenties are still the age group with the highest number of confirmed cases in the state – more than 111,000 since the pandemic began.

Although young people are less likely to experience the worst effects of the disease and be hospitalized, experts fear they can unwittingly pass it on to older relatives and members of other vulnerable populations.

3 million vaccinated, but the pace is slowing

More than 2.9 million people aged 16 and over now have at least one dose of vaccine. More than 2.7 million are fully vaccinated. That is about 62.5 percent fully vaccinated and 66.4 percent with at least one vaccination, including 90 percent of people aged 65 and over.

A line graph.

If you add in the 101,000+ 12-15 year olds with at least one dose, Minnesota has surpassed 3 million residents with one or more syringes.

More than half of the state’s total population is now fully vaccinated.

However, the vaccination rate is currently stumbling. It will be early August before the state hits 70 percent of adults with at least one shot, a target that health officials once hoped could be achieved by the end of June.

Chart showing when Minnesota is vaccinated in 70% of adults

Minnesota also sees large regional gaps in vaccination rates, with most counties outside of the Twin Cities region still below 70 percent.

Minnesota Adult COVID-19 Vaccination Rate Map

COVID-19 in Minnesota

The data in these graphs is based on the Minnesota Department of Health’s cumulative totals, released daily at 11:00 AM. You can find more detailed statistics on COVID-19 on the website of the health department.

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COVID-19 Statistics | June 21, 2021 | Lost Coast Outpost



Thirty-nine new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Humboldt County since it was last reported Thursday. Two previously reported positive results were removed after determining that one case was from a different jurisdiction and another was found to be false positives. The total number of residents of the district who tested positive for the virus is now 4,499.

Six residents of the county have been hospitalized with COVID-19 since Thursday’s report, including two people in their 50s, one in their 60s, two in their 70s, and one over 80.

Since the weekly data was last updated on June 14, Humboldt County has recorded 65 cases of COVID-19. The 30- to 39-year-old age group represented the largest increase, with 19 reported cases the previous week, and five children between the ages of 0 and 9 also tested positive for the virus during that time. Nine residents of the district were hospitalized last week. Their age ranges are as follows:

  • 1 person in their 40s
  • 2 people in their 50s
  • 2 people in their 60s
  • 2 people in their 70s
  • 2 people over 80 years.

Check out the latest data on the Humboldt County Data Dashboard at

Late last week, Cal / OSHA revised its interim COVID-19 emergency standards that govern workplaces across the state. Updated rules now allow workers to refrain from wearing masks in most situations if their employer confirms the worker’s vaccination status, while unvaccinated workers are still required to wear face-covering in the workplace. Workers should consult their employer about workplace-specific guidelines related to COVID-19. Business owners and employers are urged to read the guidance in detail and see additional business resources from Cal / OSHA at

Humboldt County Public Health will offer the Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer vaccines in clinics scheduled this week in Eureka, Redcrest and Bridgeville. Walk-ins are welcome in all health clinics. Make an appointment in advance or check out other vaccination options at

Check out the public health clinics schedule below and see what vaccines are offered in each clinic.

Eureka – Wednesday, June 23rd – 2pm to 6pm
College of the Redwoods Gym (7351 Tompkins Hill Road)
Pfizer / Johnson & Johnson

Redcrest – Thursday, June 24th – 12:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Redcrest Community Center (115 Sorenson Road)
Pfizer / Johnson & Johnson

Bridgeville – Friday, June 25th – 11am to 2pm
Bridgeville Baptist Church (48215 Alderpoint Road)
Pfizer / Johnson & Johnson

Eureka – Saturday, June 26th – 11am to 3pm
Eureka High School cafeteria (1915 J St.)
Pfizer / Johnson & Johnson

The Pfizer vaccine is approved for people aged 12 years and over, and the Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine is approved for people aged 18 years and over. A parent or legal guardian must accompany underage children to the clinic. Minor consent forms are available online in English and Spanish and can be printed out and filled out for each minor child prior to visiting the clinic.


The COVID-19 vaccine is also available at many local pharmacies. Check availability at or send a zip code to 438829 to find a participating pharmacy nearby. Most pharmacies allow walk-ins.

View the Humboldt County Data Dashboard online at or go to to download today’s data.

For the latest information on COVID-19, visit or You can get local information at or by contacting or by phone at 707-441-5000.

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Brazil sees thousands of young children dying from COVID-19



BRASÍLIA (CNN) – The COVID-19 crisis in Brazil has created a worrying trend; an alarming number of child and adolescent deaths.

Brazil recently hit half a million COVID-19 deaths, ranking second only to the US

Experts warn the number is rising rapidly, and one research group says nearly 3,000 of those deaths were children under the age of 10.

Little Sarah Gois was born in Brazil this January amid a devastating pandemic.

Her 22 year old mother, of course, in love with her precious princess.

But even an abundance of love wasn’t enough to keep her daughter from contracting COVID-19.

“I thought it was something I did, maybe I passed the virus on,” said Sameque Gois, mother of a child who died of COVID-19. “I knew the only thing I could do was get on my knees and pray.”

Despite all her requests, little Sarah died. She was only 5 months old.

“When she died when they brought us the news, I was able to hold her,” said the mother. “I could feel it one last time.”

A loss that is felt much more often in Brazil than in many other countries.

While the Brazilian Ministry of Health says 1,122 children under the age of 10 have died since the pandemic began, one research group argues that the death toll is actually closer to 3,000.

This year alone, more than 1,000 have lost their lives.

Doctors said the gamma or p.1 variant, first identified in Brazil, may not be to blame.

“The fact is that children in Brazil are dying more since the original variant was here, so it wasn’t the addition of the p1 variant that made children die more here than in other countries,” said Dr. Ana Luiza Bierrenback, epidemiologist at Vital strategies said.

Despite the rising numbers, baby Sarah wasn’t tested for COVID-19 until 12 days after she developed the first symptoms. Her mother said the doctors assumed she had something else.

A common misconception in Brazil, said CNN pediatrician Isa Soares, Dr. Andre Laranjeira.

“Many pediatricians had some resistance when it came to requesting COVID-19 tests for children when they showed these typical symptoms of the respiratory tract, runny nose, cough, fever, practically all children have these symptoms this year,” said Laranjeira .

But dr. Laranjeira says that alone does not explain the higher death rate across Brazil.

In front of the Marcia Braido Hospital on the outskirts of São Paulo, a family counts their blessings.

“I am overwhelmed by emotions,” said Carolina Basto. “I’m so happy.”

Her 9-year-old daughter Manuela is finally out of the intensive care unit after about five days on a ventilator after she became infected with COVID-19.

Back home, her parents reveal their ordeal.

“Your kidney stopped working; your heart was beating irregularly,” said Basto. “For me it was the end of the line.”

“We were desperate,” said Kleber De Oliveira, Manuela’s father. “Our world collapsed.”

They say it took four doctors to diagnose Manuela, but in the end she was taken to an intensive care unit and received the best possible treatment.

But not everyone in Brazil has access to this type of health care.

“When you factor in deaths within the pediatric age group, more than 60% come from vulnerable socio-economic groups,” Laranjeira said. “It is impossible to close your eyes.”

Here this inequality can make the difference between life and death; between a family that is allowed to celebrate and one that has to mourn.

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