Knox County, IL- The Knox County Unified Command is announcing 83 new cases of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), between Tuesday, June 21, 2022, and Monday, June 27, 2022. According to Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) the total positive cases in Knox County is 13,572. Due to federal privacy restriction, release of any additional information is prohibited.
The Health Department will offer Curbside COVID-19 Testing weather permitting the week of June 26th on Wednesday 12:30 pm –3:30 pm and Friday from 8:30 am –11:30 am. For the week of July 3rd testing will be offered on Tuesday, July 5th from 8:30 am – 11:30 am, Wednesday 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm, and Friday from 8:30 am – 11:30am. Appointments are made same day by calling 309-344-2225 beginning at 7:15a.m. Additionally, health care providers in the community are offering testing options as well as local pharmacies.
The Knox Community Health Center will be at the following locations handing out free at home self-test COVID-19 Kits & N95 masks while supplies last. Limit two test kits per household and a limit of three N95 masks per person.
· Wednesday, June 29th at the Galesburg Public Library from 9:30 am – 11:30 am
· Wednesday, June 29th at St. Vincent De Paul Society Food Pantry from 1 pm – 2 pm (Corpus Christi Church)
· Wednesday, June 29th at The Hygiene Pantry (Bondi Building) from 4:30pm–6:30pm
In addition to these dates, self-test COVID-19 Kits & N95 masks will be available at the Knox Community Health Center Monday through Friday 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The Knox County Health Department is following the IDPH, Food and Drug Administration’s, and CDC’s recommendations for COVID-19 vaccines.
Primary and First Booster Shots
· The Pfizer COVID-19 infant vaccine is authorized for 6 months of age through 4 years, with a series of three doses, the first two are given three weeks apart and the third dose administered at least eight weeks after the second dose.
· The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is authorized for adolescents 5 years and older and is recommended to get a first booster shot at least five months after completing the primary vaccine series.
· The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is authorized for anyone 6 months of age through 17 years, with a series of two doses given four weeks apart.
· The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is authorized for anyone 18 years and older and recommended to get a first booster shot at least five months after completing the primary vaccine series.
Second Booster Shots
· Second Booster shots of Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines are recommended for individuals aged 50 and older at least 4 months after the initial booster vaccine.
Second Booster shots of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines are recommended for Children and teens ages 12-17 years who are moderately or severely immunocompromised at least 4 months after initial booster vaccine.
COVID-19 vaccines are widely available, each clinic offers primary series, additional doses first boosters and second boosters of Moderna for adults 18 and up and Pfizer boosters for those 5 years and up. Pfizer primary, pediatric and adolescent series is available to those 5 years of age and up.
The Health Department will begin offering the infant and pediatric vaccines this Thursday, June 30th from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Unified Command Center (former Bergner’s Building). The Health Department Vaccine Clinic will be administering the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines for all ages. Individuals under the age of 18 are required to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. A parental consent must be signed before the vaccine can be administered. Registration is preferred, but walk-ins will be accepted upon the availability of vaccine. Registration links can be found at www.knoxcountyhealth.org Walk-ins are welcome:
· Wednesday, June 29th at Oneida Fire Station 9:00 am – 11:00 am
· Thursday, June 30th at the Unified Command Vaccine Center 8:30 am-10:30 am.
· Tuesday, July 5th at the Unified Command Vaccine Center 1:30 pm-3:30 pm
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call your Knox County Health Department at 309-344-2224 or email email@example.com.