North Central Public Health District reports it is seeing more people seeking first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in light of the highly transmissible Delta variant. There has been an uptick in COVID cases in Wasco County, with 31 in the most recent 14-day lookback released on Monday. The district also reports Mid-Columbia Medical Center has begun offering COVID-19 vaccine at its Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, and Immediate Care locations for patients coming in for routine appointments. The district called that encouraging, as nationwide polling has consistently shown that healthcare providers are the most trusted source for accurate information regarding the vaccines, and many people may prefer getting the vaccine in a private setting rather than at a vaccine clinic. The vaccine is also offered every weekday at One Community Health in The Dalles, and is offered Thursdays and Fridays at North Central Public Health District in The Dalles. Wasco County has vaccinated 64.3 percent of those 18 and older, Sherman County 55.1 percent and Gilliam County 43.5 percent.