Knox County COVID and Vaccine Update

Knox County, IL- The Knox County Unified Command is announcing 95 new cases of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), between Tuesday, August 17, 2021, and Monday, August 23, 2021. According to IDPH the total positive cases in Knox County is 6,015. Due to federal privacy restriction, release of any additional information is prohibited. In every effort to reduce the risk of additional transmission, local public health officials are working to identify and actively monitor individuals who were in direct contact with these individuals.


According to the Illinois Department of Public Health today, Knox County has administered 48,292 COVID-19 vaccines and 23,896 county residents have been fully vaccinated. This makes up 47.69% of our population fully vaccinated. According to the Illinois Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 Community Transmission Map Knox County’s level of community transmission remains at HIGH. Areas of high transmission are considered by CDC to be those with greater than or equal to 100 cases per 100,000 people over a 7-day period. We know masking can help slow the spread of COVID-19 and its variants. The Knox County Health Department, CDC and IDPH recommends that everyone, regardless of vaccination status, wear a mask indoors in areas of substantial and high transmissions. As Knox County has moved into a new stage of COVID-19 we will utilize the Illinois Department of Public Health statistical data. We encourage community members to seek data on the IDPH website. The Knox County Unified Command continues to offer vaccine clinics during the month of August. The Health Department offers the two dose Moderna and the one dose Janssen to those 18 years of age and up and the two dose Pfizer vaccine to those 12-15 years of age and up and the two dose Comirnaty vaccine for those 16 years of age and up. 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. Third dose vaccines are available to those who are immunocompromised at ALL Knox County Unified Vaccine Clinics and events. Appointments are not required, but a third dose must be given at least 28 days after the second dose. The additional vaccine dose should be the same as the initial two-dose vaccine. · Thursday, August 26th at the Unified Command Vaccine Center 8:30am-10:30am Moderna & Janssen · Thursday, August 26th at Knox County Nursing Home Gazebo, 800 N. Market St, Knoxville 10:00am-12:00pm Moderna, Pfizer, Comirnaty, & Janssen · Saturday, August 28th at The NAACP Cookout, Kiwanis Park 2191 E Knox St, Galesburg, 10:00am-2:00pm Moderna, Pfizer, Comirnaty & Janssen · Tuesday, August 31st at the Unified Command Vaccine Center 1:30pm-3:30pm Pfizer, Comirnaty & Janssen

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 County Health Department at 309-344-2224 or email covid19@knoxcountyhealth.org.

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