December COVID Surge Continues Into January

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Last year ended on a sour note, and this year did not begin any better in terms of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

According to numbers provided by the Montgomery County Health Department, there were 858 new positive tests in Montgomery County during the month of December–far and away the highest single-month total.  The previous high month totals were 709 in January 2021, and 704 in December 2020.

To begin 2022, the health department announced 16 new cases on Jan. 1, six more on Jan. 2, 65 on Jan. 3, and a record 121 on Jan. 4, along with two more virus-related deaths, the 86th and 87th in Montgomery County since the pandemic began.

As of Jan. 4, the health department reports 5,646 total positive tests since the pandemic began (1,781 in 2020, and 3,657 in 2021).

Vaccination clinics continue from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. every Monday and Thursday at the Montgomery County Health Department on Route 185 in Hillsboro.

According to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), as of Wednesday, Jan. 5, Montgomery County is 47.44 percent fully vaccinated; 5,502 booster shots have been administered, and 8.99 percent of those age 5-11 have had at least one vaccination dose.

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