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The Franklin County Medical Center issued a request of Franklin County Residents on Sept. 2 to get vaccinated for COVID-19. (See letter in full on page 2.)

“Please become vaccinated to protect yourself, your loved ones, and the healthcare heroes who pledge their service and lives on your behalf,” it says.

The request was signed by FCMC administration, board of trustees, as well as physicians.

They have since been joined by 14 other regional hospitals in Southeast Idaho “imploring our community to get the COVID-19 vaccine.”

“In late spring, hospitals in our region had single-digit COVID-19 admissions. We were hopeful that the pandemic was ending. Unfortunately, this is not the case,” states the release from the coalition of hospitals. It also states that about 40 percent of Idaho’s population is vaccinated.

As of Sept. 10, there were 37 active cases of COVID-19 in Franklin County. Data from Southeast Idaho Public Health puts Franklin County at the bottom of the scale for active cases per 10,000 people: 26.7 cases. Bannock County is the highest at 60.4 cases per 10,000 people. Bear Lake County is at 58.8 cases per 10,000.

Of the total number of cases in Franklin County (1,373), 21 of them are breakthrough cases, or situations in which the positive tests occurs in someone who is fully vaccinated. “These cases are rare and typically are more mild than in unvaccinated people,” states SIPH’s website.

The department also reports that there is no one currently hospitalized for COVID-19 in Franklin County, that there have been a total of 19 deaths attributed to the virus, and of those 1,373 cases, 225 have been under the age of 18; 677 have been between the ages of 19 and 49; 471 have been over the age of 50.

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