For only the second time in this current Covid-19 upsurge across the nation, Pulaski County has fallen a notch to what is considered a substantial level for the risk of transmitting coronavirus to others. In reality, this means that the county registered under 100 individuals contracting the disease during the week ending December 26th. During the early days of the pandemic, Pulaski County was falsely blamed for having one of the poorest Covid vaccination rates in the state and nation. That assessment was based on incomplete vaccination information supplied by the Missouri Division of Health and Human Services. Today, according to the U. S. Centers for Disease Control, Pulaski County has one of the highest Covid vaccination rates in the state. While many other counties, including Laclede and Greene, are struggling to reach a 50 percent vaccination level, or even 40 percent, Pulaski County has reach 68.3 percent of residents having received the first dose of the vaccine, and 57.3 percent of the population getting both shots. 4,657, or 95 percent of people who are 65 or over, have received the Covid vaccine first dose. 3,986, or 83.1 percent, are considered fully vaccinated. New cases have fallen by more than 30 percent from the previous week.