County expects to have administered 400 vaccine doses by Wednesday

JOHN DAY – Our newsroom received a public health update from Community Counseling Solutions Director Kimberly Lindsay recently.

As of January 18th, the Grant County Health Department and Blue Mountain Hospital have administered a combined total of 264 COVID-19 vaccine doses.  Lindsay said she expects to have another 140 doses administered by Wednesday.  If so, that would mean there will have been 400 vaccines administered in Grant County.

Lindsay wrote, “Since March, the GCHD has done over 1,200 case investigations/contact tracing investigations.  Over 1100 of those have occurred since November.  There are hours of work that go into each one.” She also noted that, “Since March, we have done over 1300 COVID-19 tests.  Approximately 1000 of those have occurred since November.”

Grant County will continue to receive more vaccine, but at this time, the Director said it looks like they will be boosters shots only and she’s unsure of when more of the requested first doses will be received. 

Lindsay said the state may wait until all counties have enough doses to get them through Phase 1a before sending additional doses our way.

Also, today, the Health Department is holding a vaccine clinic from 3 until 6 p.m. at the Grant County Fairgrounds for the first 100 patients 65 and older, medically fragile or in health care.