Knox County, IL- The Knox County Unified Command is announcing 191 new cases of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), between Monday, May 23, 2022, and Monday, May 30, 2022. According to Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) the total positive cases in Knox County is 13,069. Due to federal privacy restriction, release of any additional information is prohibited.
“The CDC reports that Knox County is now rated at High Community Level for COVID-19. The Knox County Health Department urges all residents, for the health and safety of our community, to wear face-coverings indoors, practice social distancing, stay up to date on vaccines and boosters, and stay home when you are ill.” states Michele Gabriel, Public Health Administrator for the Knox County Health Department.
The Health Department will offer Curbside COVID-19 Testing this week on Wednesday 12:30 pm –3:30 pm and Friday from 8:30 am –11:30 am weather permitting. 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 Wednesday, June 1 from 9:30 am – 11:30 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 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 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 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. Registration links can be found at www.knoxcountyhealth.org Walk-ins are welcome:
· Thursday, June 2nd at the Unified Command Vaccine Center 8:30 am-10:30 am.
· Tuesday, June 7th at the Unified Command Vaccine Center 1:30 pm-3:30 pm.
· Thursday, June 9th at the Unified Command Vaccine Center 8:30 am-10:30 am.
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 email@example.com or call your Knox County Health Department at 309-344-2224 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.