Aug 20, 2021 9:12 PM

Ellis Co. Health Dept. updates on current COVID uptick

Posted Aug 20, 2021 9:12 PM

Ellis County Health Department

Ellis County has experienced an exponential increase in cases over the last week. This increase in cases is due to the delta variant. Locally, the vaccine has proven to be highly effective and safe. HMC reports that almost every patient that has been hospitalized is unvaccinated. If you are unvaccinated, you are personally accepting an increased risk of hospitalization and death. All three COVID vaccines are safe and highly effective. The ECHD has an ample supply of vaccines. If you have not registered, please do so at www.ellisco.net. If you are unable to access the website, you may call 785-628-9440 for assistance with registration.

What can I do to protect myself

Vaccines remain the most effective way to reduce your risk of hospitalization and death if you contract COVID. The vaccine will not remove all risks of contracting the virus. However, it significantly reduces your risk of hospitalization and death. Everyone over the age of 12 is eligible and should be vaccinated. The vaccine will not stamp out this virus. The vaccine will reduce your risk of severe complications from COVID-19.

Third Dose

An additional dose (i.e. third dose) of mRNA vaccine may be indicated for moderate to severely immunocompromised persons 12 years and older. Third-dose mRNA vaccines may be interchangeable for those 18 years and older, with the original manufacturer being recommended. Sign up at www.ellisco.net.

Data Reporting

Due to the reliability and depth of information available on the KDHE dashboard beginning April 1, 2021, the Ellis County Health Department no longer maintains a separate dashboard. A link to the KDHE Dashboard is on our website. We encourage everyone to access this information on the KDHE Dashboard at https://www.coronavirus.kdheks.gov/160/COVID-19-in-Kansas.