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GALENA–The Jo Daviess County Health Department is making plans for a series of vaccination clinics.
There will be a Pfizer clinic on April 20 at Midwest Medical Center for county residents who are 16 or 17 years of age. Registration is available now for that clinic. The link has been sent to those on the waiting list and also to the schools. There will also be a first-dose Moderna clinic held in Stockton and run by FHN staff on Tuesday April 20. Registration for that clinic will be shared soon.
There is a first- and second-dose Moderna clinic at Midwest Medical on Thursday, April 22. Registration for the first-dose appointments will be shared soon as well.
There is a second-dose clinic scheduled for Thursday, April 29 at Midwest Medical Center. Sandra Schleicher, health department administrator, said a first-dose clinic may also be scheduled for that day, as well.
Details regarding these clinics and how you can make an appointment can be found on the Jo Daviess County website.
Midwest Medical Center has not been allocated vaccine and has no clinics scheduled at this time.
More COVID cases
COVID-19 cases continue to climb here according to the Jo Daviess County Health Department. Sandra Schleicher, health department administrator, reported 25 new COVID cases from Monday to Friday this week.
Schleicher reports that there have been 1,748 cases of the virus in the county since the pandemic's start a year ago. Of those, 1,678 are considered recovered. There have been 26 COVID-related deaths.
The county's rolling seven-day positivity rate is 7.7 percent; the regional rate is seven percent.
In addition, the Centers for Disease Control's dashboard of county-by-county vaccination rates shows that 8.060 Jo Daviess County residents are fully vaccinated or 38 percent of the population. Of those 65 years of age or older, 79.4 percent are fully vaccination; 46.6 percent 18 years of age and over are vaccinated. The Gazette no longer uses vaccination statistics from the Illinois Department of Public Health, because those statistics only includes Jo Daviess County residents who have been vaccinted in Illinois and not in other states where the CDC data is more comprehensive.
A break out of COVID-19 cases by community from the Illinois Department of Public Health: East Dubuque, 301; Galena, 482; Scales Mound, 91; Apple River, 90; Warren, 162; Nora, 22; Stockton, 343; Elizabeth, 126; Hanover, 104.
In neighboring counties: Stephenson County, 4,497 cases, 80 deaths, 28.2 percent vaccinated; Carroll County, 1702 cases, 36 deaths, 26.9 percent vaccinated; Grant County, 4,837 cases, 85 deaths, 24.5 percent vaccinated; Lafayette County, 1,538 cases, 8 deaths, 28.7 percent vaccinated; and Dubuque County, 13,110 cases, 202 deaths, 29.2 percent vaccinated.
With the change in eligibility April 12, the health department wants to see if there is interest of 16-18 years olds receiving the Pfizer vaccine. If interested, please complete this form. the form found in the link.
Additional information regarding vaccinations can be found at the Jo Daviess County website.