GALESBURG – Nearly 200 more cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Knox County over the past week.
There were 188 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Knox County between September 24 and Friday, bringing the total to 6,902.
That’s on par with the total number of cases from the previous week, when 192 cases were confirmed between September 17 and September 24.
State data for the week ending September 25 shows that critical care availability remains below the state’s warning level of 20% to 19.2%, but has improved slightly from the week before, when 16.4% of the county’s intensive care beds were available.
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According to state data, there were 14 hospital admissions for COVID-19-like illness in Knox County during the week ending September 25.
The Illinois Department of Public Health is tracking outbreaks in schools that have been identified by the local health department to have two more cases of COVID-19 with shared exposure on school grounds and which originate from different households.
A new school outbreak in Knox County was reported by the state on Friday. Data shows five to 10 cases at Lombard Middle School with exposure in a classroom.
Statewide, 18,735 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed since the previous Friday and 236 additional deaths.
One additional death from COVID-19 has been reported in Knox County over the past week, bringing the total to 167.
As of Thursday, 1,833 people in Illinois are said to be in hospital with COVID-19. Of these, 447 patients were in intensive care and 236 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.
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Recall shots available in County Knox
The Knox County Department of Health is following the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Illinois Department of Public Health for Pfizer vaccine boosters in certain populations and for individuals in certain professional and institutional settings.
“We continue to fight COVID-19. As the number of cases continues to increase, we want to continue to provide the best protection to residents of Knox County, ”said Wil Hayes, deputy public health administrator for the Knox County Department of Health.
Booster doses are available at all Knox County Unified Command vaccination clinics and can be given at least six months after the initial round of vaccination.
According to the CDC, a “booster dose” refers to another dose of a vaccine that is given to someone who has built sufficient protection after vaccination, but that protection then wanes over time.
This is called decreased immunity, according to the Department of Health.
The recommended people for booster doses are people 65 years of age and older and residents of long-term care facilities, as well as people 50 to 64 years of age with underlying health conditions.
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Others may be considered for recalls, including people aged 18 to 49 with underlying health conditions or who are at increased risk of transmission from COVID-19 exposure due to location where they work or live.
The Knox County Health Department recommends that residents discuss their condition with health care providers to determine if a booster dose is appropriate.
Those looking for a booster dose in Knox County will not need to provide proof that they fall into the booster dose categories, but must bring their vaccination cards.