A Monday update on all things COVID as they relate to Douglas County. Last week the Douglas County Health Department was able to provide approximately 420 vaccinations, which included both first and second dose recipients.
This week they have a Thursday clinic scheduled in Tuscola, with 300 second dose and 200 first dose appointments booked. Their plan remains to vaccinate Tuscola and Villa Grove school districts the week of March 15, assuming vaccine supply is sufficient. They also added that they would also note it looks as though our public clinics are going to be opened up to anyone in Phase 1B and 1B+, which is great for frontline essential workers and those with qualifying medical conditions. As always, vaccine dosage allotments dictate how many appointments we can offer.
Douglas County seven-day rolling average positivity rate, as of March 4, 2021, is 5.4 percent. The good news is this is a downward trend and we are no longer the highest in Illinois, but we do remain the highest in Region 6, which has an overall positivity rate of 2.1 percent. Cumberland County at 4.7 percent and Ford County at 4.1 percent currently round out the top three in Region 6.
This means we still have work to do in helping keep COVID from spreading uncontrollably through our county. So many people are working so hard to that end, and anything we all can do to reinforce the message is so important. They asked that residents encourage masking, social distancing, and frequent hand washing wherever and whenever possible. This remains true for fully vaccinated folks, as there still remains the possibility they could contract the virus and, if you have the virus you can spread the virus.
They ended noting that testing at J600 at the Outlets of Tuscola remains brisk. The week of March 1 through 7 saw a total of 31 positive cases reported, and as of March 7, contact tracers were monitoring 132 active/close contact cases. Total number of Douglas County deaths due to COVID-19 is 39.