Although local numbers of new COVID-19 cases trended downward last week, the positivity rate in Montgomery County was still nearly double the statewide average for the same period.
The statewide positivity average for Sept. 17-23 was 2.7 percent, while Montgomery County’s was 5.3 percent for the same period.
Over that period, however, Montgomery County averaged 11.4 new cases per day, dropping the average new cases per day for the month of September to 16.9.
On Friday The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced it is adopting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommendation for a booster shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in certain populations and a booster dose for those in high risk occupational and institutional settings.
CDC recommends people 65 years and older and residents in long-term care settings should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least six months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series.
People aged 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least six months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series.
Additionally, CDC recommends people aged 18–49 years with underlying medical conditions may receive a booster shot, and people aged 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting.
The local health department continues to offer all three vaccinations at their main office on Route 185 in Taylor Springs from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each Monday and Thursday. All three vaccines are available (Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson). Clinics are walk-in, but if curb-side service is needed, it is available. Simply call the health department (217-532-2001) upon arrival and tell them you need a shot in your vehicle.
On Thursday, the Hillsboro School District announced seven new student cases and no new staff cases for the week.