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COVID-19 VACCINE

More than 95% of the Guard’s 13,000 soldiers and airmen have been vaccinated against COVID-19, but holdouts remain. The Department of Defense has a Thursday, June 30, deadline to get the shot.
Children who are 6 months old to 4 years old are now recommended to receive COVID vaccines, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced last weekend.
The vaccines for the youngest of kids are expected to be rolled out as early as June 21, the Biden administration said earlier this month.
If all the federal hurdles are cleared, the first kid-sized doses could arrive in Minnesota next week. If they do, doctors, clinics, pharmacies and at least one community site will be ready to administer them.

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The sites will test residents for COVID-19 and those deemed to be at high risk for developing severe symptoms could get a prescription for Paxlovid.
Jenny Barta, a public health nurse and disease prevention and control coordinator for Carlton County, was given AFSCME's "Never Quit" service award to recognize her work during the first two years of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Unvaccinated seniors are about four times as likely to die and five times as likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19 compared to vaccinated and boosted peers, the data shows
A small county in Tennessee for much of the past year has reported the highest COVID-19 vaccination rate in Tennessee and one of the highest in the South. If only it were true. The rate in Meigs County was artificially inflated by a data error that distorted most of Tennessee’s county-level vaccination rates by attributing tens of thousands of doses to the wrong counties, according to a KHN review of Tennessee’s vaccination data. When the Tennessee Department of Health quietly corrected the error last month, county rates shifted overnight, and Meigs County’s rate of fully vaccinated people dropped from 65% to 43%, which is below the state average and middling in the rural South.
Layered mitigation strategies, including wearing a mask, have shown to significantly decrease the risk of transmission.
Vaccines have saved some lives and hospitalizations but it is not clear we don’t owe a lot to the mildness of omicron.

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Two COVID-19-related deaths were recorded: one in St. Louis County and one in Aitkin County.
A popular at-home program has ended, but saliva tests are still widely used.
Both deaths were St. Louis County residents.

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