Knox County COVID-19 Update

KNOX COUNTY - The Knox County Unified Command is announcing 164 new cases of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), between Monday, November 29, 2021, and Sunday, December 5, 2021. According to IDPH the total positive cases in Knox County is 8,042. Due to federal privacy restriction, release of any additional information is prohibited. To date there have been 178 COVID-19 related deaths.

The Health Department continues to offer Curbside COVID-19 Testing on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; appointments are made same day by calling 309-344-2225 beginning at 7:15 a.m. Additionally, health care providers in the community are offering testing options as well as local pharmacies.

According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, Knox County has fully vaccinated 53.36% of our population. According to the Jurisdiction-Specific Age Demographics 35.53% of our 12–17-year old’s have been fully vaccinated and 4.36% of our 5–11-year old’s have been fully vaccinated.

The Knox County Health Department is following the Illinois Department of Public Health and Food and Drug Administration’s decision to open COVID-19 booster shots to all. It is recommended that anyone 18 years and older get a COVID-19 booster dose six months after receiving their second Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, or two months after receiving the one-dose Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine.

COVID-19 vaccines are widely available, registration links can be found at www.knoxcountyhealth.org. Unified Command Vaccine Center Clinics planned are as follows:

· Thursday, December 9th at the Unified Command Vaccine Center 8:30am-11:30am

Clinic offers primary series, additional doses, and boosters of Moderna, Pfizer, and Janssen for adults 18 years and up. Pfizer primary series is available to those 12 years of age and up.

· Tuesday, December 14th at the Unified Command Vaccine Center 1:30pm-3:30pm

Clinic offers primary series, additional doses, and boosters of Moderna, Pfizer, and Janssen for adults 18 years and up. Pfizer primary series is available to those 12 years of age and up.

· Wednesday, December 15th at the Unified Command Vaccine Center 5:00pm-7:00pm Pfizer 5–18-year old’s Pediatric and Adolescent Clinic. Registration is required.

Credible sources for information about COVID-19 include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention www.cdc.gov and Illinois Department of Public Health www.dph.illinois.gov. For general questions about COVID-19, call the hotline at 1-800-889-3931, email dph.sick@illinois.gov or call your Knox Co.Health Department at 309-344-2224.

or email covid19@knoxcountyhealth.org.

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