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JO DAVIESS COUNTY–It took 45 minutes or less to fill up all appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations through the Jo Daviess County Health Department's website on Monday, Jan. 25 at the start of Phase 1B. The vaccinations for those 65 years of age and older and essential workers will take place at Midwest Medical Center on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Jan. 27-29.
The initial online application process did provide frustrations for those wanting to register and make an appointment as well as for the health department staff. A statement from the health department noted, "We understand there was a lot of frustration and confusion with the new online scheduling system for COVID vaccination that was used today, we feel it too." The full text of the health department's statement on the left side of this page.
As the registration and vaccination phase evolves The Gazette in its print and online editions will announce any changes and new registration opportunities. The health department will also share the information on its website and Facebook page, as well.
The health department announced late Monday afternoon, Jan. 225 that 13 cases of COVID-19 were recorded Jo Daviess County over the weekend bringing the number of cases to 1,520. There were no deaths reported leaving the total at 24. Of these cases, 1,449 are considered recovered, according to the health department.
The county's positivity rate is 5.8 percent; the regional rate 5.7 percent. Jo Daviess County has also move to Phase 4 mitigations. These guidelines can be found below the health department's statement to the left.
In addition, the Illinois Department of Public Health's dashboard of county-by-county vaccination rates shows that 886 vaccine doses have been given to Jo Daviess County residents thus far; 112 residents or 0.52 percent of the population are fully vaccinated.
A break out of cases by community from the Illinois Department of Public Health: East Dubuque, 255; Galena, 445; Scales Mound, 82; Apple River, 81; Warren, 143; Nora, 19; Stockton, 274; Elizabeth, 112; Hanover, 87.
In neighboring counties: Stephenson County, 3,646 cases and 58 deaths; Carroll County, 1,476 cases, 32 deaths; Grant County, 4,443 cases, 78 deaths; Lafayette County, 1,355 cases, 7 deaths; and Dubuque County, 11,644 cases, 159 deaths.