Knox County, IL- The Knox County Unified Command is announcing 14 new cases of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), between Monday, March 7, 2022, and Sunday, March 13, 2022. According to Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) the total positive cases in Knox County is 12,491. Due to federal privacy restriction, release of any additional information is prohibited. To date there have been 210 COVID-19 related deaths.
According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, Knox County has administered 73,566 COVID-19 vaccines and 28,870 (57.61%) county residents have been fully vaccinated. Knox County has administered 15,445 booster doses. According to the Jurisdiction-Specific Age Demographics 39.18% of our 12–17-year old’s have been fully vaccinated and 15.60% of our 5–11-year old’s have been fully vaccinated.
The Health Department will offer Curbside COVID-19 Testing this week on Monday, Wednesday, 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 Community Health Center will be at the Galesburg Library on Tuesday, March 15 from 9:00 am – 11:00 am to hand 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.
The Health Department is following the IDPH and Food and Drug Administration’s recommendations for COVID-19 booster shots that include everyone ages 18 years and older. Only the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is authorized for adolescents 12 years and older, this population is 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, each clinic offers primary series, additional doses, and boosters of Moderna for adults 18 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.
Registration links can be found at www.knoxcountyhealth.org Walk-ins are welcome:
· Tuesday, March 15th, at the Unified Command Vaccine Center 1:30pm-3:30pm.
· Thursday, March 17th at the Unified Command Vaccine Center 8:30am-10:30am.
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, or call your Knox County Health Department at 309-344-2224 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.