WILLMAR — It is cold and flu season in Kandiyohi County and unfortunately the county also finds itself in the midst of a still-growing COVID-19 wave. Positive cases of the disease caused by the coronavirus continue to increase. As of Tuesday morning, the county had 244 active cases, up from 141 active cases two weeks ago.

"We are seeing that incline," said Jennie Lippert, Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services director, at the Oct. 5 Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners Human Services Committee meeting.

In Tuesday's Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 situation update, which covers cases and deaths reported from Saturday through Monday, Kandiyohi County had another 74 positive cases.

Only 35 percent of the county's active cases are from school-aged children. The majority are still from infected adults.

"I would have thought those would have been increasing, that we would have more school-aged kids with COVID, but that is not what we are seeing," Lippert said.

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COVID-19 vaccines are still being urged for all who are eligible. Only 57.5 of the county's residents 12 years old and up have started the vaccine series, according to the state. Vaccines can be obtained from health care providers, pharmacies and during the weekly vaccine clinic at Kandiyohi County Public Health. Annual flu shots are also available at various locations.

Some of those who received the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccinations might now be eligible for a booster shot.

"Both Johnson & Johnson and Moderna are seeking approval for booster doses but those haven't been approved yet," Lippert said.

Lippert is asking the public to continue good health practices as COVID-19 continues to spread through the community, including handwashing, wearing masks when in public and getting tested if ill.

"Now more than ever, if you are having some symptoms, go ahead and get tested," Lippert said.