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GALENA–The Jo Daviess County Health Department is making plans for a series of vaccination clinics at Midwest Medical Center in the next couple of weeks, all of which are dependent upon the supply of vaccine.
A first- and second-dose clinic is scheduled for Thursday, April 22. There is a second-dose clinic scheduled for Thursday, April 29. Sandra Schleicher, health department administrator, said a first-dose clinic may also be scheduled for that day, as well.
A vaccine clinic for young people 16-17 years of age is also in the works and will be held on Tuesday, April 20.
Details regarding these clinics and how you can make an appointment can be found on the Jo Daviess County website.
More COVID cases
COVID-19 cases continue to climb here according to the Jo Daviess County Health Department. Sandra Schleicher, health department administrator, reported 16 new COVID cases over the weekend.
Schleicher reports that there have been 1,723 cases of the virus in the county since the pandemic's start a year ago. Of those, 1,654 are considered recovered.
The county's rolling seven-day positivity rate is 6.8 percent; the regional rate is 5.9 percent.
In addition, the Centers for Disease Control's dashboard of county-by-county vaccination rates shows that 7,913 Jo Daviess County residents are fully vaccinated or 37.3 percent of the population. Of those 65 years of age or older, 77.7 percent are fully vaccination; 45.8 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, 476; Scales Mound, 90; Apple River, 87; Warren, 161; Nora, 22; Stockton, 335; Elizabeth, 123; Hanover, 103.
In neighboring counties: Stephenson County, 4,438 cases, 79 deaths, 25 percent vaccinated; Carroll County, 1,674 cases, 35 deaths, 25 percent vaccinated; Grant County, 4,815 cases, 85 deaths, 23.7 percent vaccinated; Lafayette County, 1,527 cases, 8 deaths, 27.8 percent vaccinated; and Dubuque County, 13,034 cases, 202 deaths, 28.6 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.