By MARK EVANS
STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD
News is good for the moment on the COVID-19 front.
The Ste Genevieve County Health Department reported this week that there was just one new confirmed positive case and no new probable cases. of the coronavirus.
The total number of active cases in the county was 14, down from 15 the previous week.
The total number of cases for September was 208, down from 248 in August.
Meanwhile, vaccinations are continuing. County figures now show that 52.9 percent of eligible residents have begun the vaccination process and 48.5 percent have completed it.
Nation-wide, there has been lots of recent talk about the various vaccines – including Moderna – requiring a third or “booster” shot about eight months after receiving the second shot.
Jennifer Mueller, executive director of the county health department, said there is no plan right now to begin administering the booster shots to the general public.
“We continue to offer Moderna vaccinations, Monday through Friday, by appointment,” Mueller said. “There is currently no booster dose at this time for Moderna. There is a third dose of Moderna offered to those who are immunocompromised and they must sign an attestation form before they receive it.
“In Ste Genevieve County those 12 years and older are eligible to receive a COVID vaccine. Pfizer is approved for those 12 years and older,
Moderna is approved for those 18 years and older.”
TRACKING COVID NUMBERS HERE
The number of confirmed active cases of the coronavirus had already dropped from 37 the first week of September, to 34 on Sept. 10.