Knox County, IL- The Knox County Unified Command is announcing 436 new cases of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), between Monday, January 17, 2022, and Sunday, January 23, 2022. According to Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) the total positive cases in Knox County is 11,602. Due to federal privacy restriction, release of any additional information is prohibited. To date there have been 194 COVID-19 related deaths.
According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, Knox County has administered 70,210 COVID-19 vaccines and 27,759 (55.39%) county residents have been fully vaccinated. Knox County has administered 13,990 booster doses. According to the Jurisdiction-Specific Age Demographics 37.37% of our 12–17-year old’s have been fully vaccinated and 12.25% of our 5–11-year old’s have been fully vaccinated.
The Health Department will offer Curbside COVID-19 Testing this week on Monday, Thursday, and Friday, weather permitting, 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.
The Knox County Health Department is following the IDPH and Food and Drug Administration’s decision to expand recommendations for COVID-19 booster shots to now include everyone ages 18 years and older. Only the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is authorized and recommended for adolescents 12 years and older, this population is now recommended to get a booster shot at least 5 months after completing their primary vaccination series. It is recommended that anyone 18 years and older get a COVID-19 booster dose 5 months after receiving their second Moderna vaccines.
COVID-19 vaccines are widely available, registration links can be found at www.knoxcountyhealth.org:
· Thursday, January 27th at the Unified Command Vaccine Center 8:30am-10:30am. Boosters of Moderna for adults 18 years and up and Pfizer boosters for those 12 years and up. Pfizer primary, pediatric and adolescent series is available to those 5 years of age and up.
· Saturday, January 29th Pediatric Clinic at the Unified Command Vaccine Center 9:00am-12:00pm. Pfizer primary, pediatric and adolescent series is available to those 5 years of age and up. Pfizer boosters for those 12 years and up.
The Knox County Health Department urges all residents, for the health and safety of our community, to continue wearing face-coverings, practice social distancing, and stay home when you are ill.
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.