(6-3-2022) Effingham, IL – The Effingham County Health Department (ECHD) announces 36 new cases of COVID have been reported from Friday, May 27 through Thursday, June 2.

This week’s 36 cases, show another marked increase on previous weeks’ numbers: May 20 to May 26 there were 27 cases, May 13 to May 19 there were 18 cases. May 6 to May 12 there were 15 cases, and April 29 to May 5 there were 12 cases.
Positive case demographics for this week are as follows:

The Health Department is receiving daily calls from people who have tested positive at home or who know they have been exposed to someone who tested positive on a home test. The amount of home tests means that we know our Confirmed numbers are an undercount. We’d like to remind people of the steps they can take to reduce their risk of COVID. The more steps you use, the increased level of protection you are creating for yourself:

  • Stay up to date with your COVID vaccinations and boosters.
  • Avoid crowded indoor spaces
  • If you do go into crowded indoor spaces mask up (KN95 mask are very effective and comfortable to wear).
  • Ensure good ventilation indoors.
  • Do a rapid test before large gatherings and a few days after.
  • Stay home and test if feeling unwell.
  • Socialize outdoors.
  • Wash your hands.

Whether you need a first dose of COVID vaccine or a booster dose, call the Effingham County Health Department on 217-342-9237 and choose the CLINIC option to speak to someone who can check your eligibility and book your appointment.

ECHD also reminds residents that free drive-through rapid Antigen Tests and PCR tests are available Monday through Friday from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and again from 2 to 3 p.m. at 1904 South Banker St. in the old oil change place in front of the Village Square Mall.

• No insurance is required for these free tests.
• This service is available to anyone seeking testing.
• For ages 5+.
• No appointment or physician order required.
• Rapid results the same day.
• Rapid tests while supplies last.
• PCR results take 2-3 days.
• Drive-through
• There will be no testing on days the Health Department is closed.

Please note that the Health Department is making plans to increase hours of testing and will be moving the location of the testing center. More details to follow.

For more information on testing call ECHD on 217-342-9237 and select COVID Testing.

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