COVID-19 toll still increasing as vaccine arrives


The Minnesota Department of Health is reporting a significant drop in the number of deaths associated with COVID-19.

Provincial health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry reported 2,146 new cases since Friday, including 29 on Vancouver Island. Except for Bear Lake and Grand Valley, every zip code in the county had at least one new case over the weekend.

More than 120 Jackson County residents have died from COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, according figures released Monday. A region's positivity rate is its percentage of COVID-19 tests that come back positive over a seven-day period.

The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 across OR is 539, which is four more than yesterday.

There were 3,026 new cases from Sunday.

Oregon's 1,158th death is an 80-year-old Deschutes County man with underlying medical conditions.

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The vaccine was first approved in Britain earlier this month, and British residents began receiving vaccinations Tuesday. Another vaccine by Moderna will be reviewed by an expert panel this week and could get the go-ahead soon afterward.

Co Clare has the lowest 14 day incidence rate of COVID-19 in the Republic of Ireland. But cases quickly rose in October and November so by the time province-wide restrictions were implemented on Nov. 19, there were almost 7,000 active cases across B.C.

142 Lycoming County residents have tested negative in the last 24 hours. She had underlying conditions, officials said.

Statewide, there were 385 deaths since Friday, along with almost 30,000 new cases.

The department's map of the state that shows county's color-coded by their rates of COVID, is nearly one solid color.

Henry Ford Allegiance Health has 88 patients hospitalized, 51, which are in the intensive care unit as of December 14, according to Michigan Department of Health & Human Services.