Recent approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to make COVID-19 booster shots available to adults across America couldn’t have come at a better time for Traill County.

The FDA authorized third doses of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for everyone 18 and older Nov. 19, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tossed its support behind the move later that day.

The expanded availability of boosters coincides with a spike in COVID-19 cases locally, one that recently gave Traill County the dubious distinction of leading the state in positive cases per capita.

The North Dakota Department of Health reported Tuesday that Traill County had 65 active cases among its estimated population of 8,036 residents.

“Our numbers are reflecting that we as a county – and as a state and nation – are not taking COVID as seriously as we should,” Brenda Stallman, director of the Traill District Health Unit, said Tuesday.

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