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Covid-19 update from Lincoln County Commissioners and medical staff

Lincoln County Commissioners Wednesday reported that Lincoln County Covid-19 cases are nowhere near their high levels from earlier in the year. An aggressive vaccination campaign by hospitals, clinics and regular doctors proved to be quite effective. But despite a very high rate of vaccinations County Commission Chairman Doug Hunt said, in effect, “We’re not out of the woods yet.” Chair Hunt says we’ve got Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s dancing around on the horizon. So to remind everyone, Chair Hunt admonished Lincoln County residents that when they’re around a crowd of people, maintain a six foot distance between people, wear masks (preferably K-95’s), and wash your hands, wash your hands and…oh yeah…wash your hands.

From the graphs below we can see a pretty steady drop in Covid-19 cases in Lincoln County – no doubt due in part to an aggressive county-led vaccination campaign with an 81% vax rate across the county. Vaccinations for those age 12 and up are even doing well with the campaign. But again, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years will be the BIG test.

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There was also quite a lot of discussion about what appears to be a drive to get new housing in the area of the big Echo Mountain fire that burned a lot of homes. Commissioner Kaety Jacobson said there are numerous versions of “new housing” on the market – some of them being modular constructed which is gaining market share across the country for those who can’t afford $500,000 three-bedroom homes. Commissioner Jacobson appeared to be quite interested in helping to lead the charge for what many call an evolution of affordable steel framed/modular homes like those being erected all over the country, if not the world. Most, if not nearly all such homes can be assembled and erected in a lot less time – better than starting a stick-built home from scratch.

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