(7-15-22) Effingham, IL  – The Effingham County Health Department (ECHD) announces 141 new cases of COVID have been reported from Friday, July 8 through Thursday, July 14. Only 12.5% of cases were up to date with their vaccinations, 46% had never had a vaccine and a further 9% had only received one vaccine. Reinfections counted for nearly 20% of cases this week, of these only one case was up to date, of the remaining reinfections, 57.5% had never received a vaccine and a further 19% had only received one dose of vaccine.
Positive case demographics for this week are as follows:
Remember, there are steps you can take to reduce your risk of getting 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 Friday, July 8, 2022 to Thursday, July 14, 2022 Age Male Female
• 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.

The Covid Testing Center is now situated in the White Hoop Building by the Effingham County Health Department, 901 W Virginia Ave, Effingham. Clinic hours have been expanded to Monday through Friday from 9 to Noon and in the afternoon from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Testing is still drive-through.
ECHD asks people that need testing to drive into the White Hooped Building and to then call the Health Department on 217-342-9237 and to choose the Covid Testing Call Option. A member of the testing team will then come out to the White Hoop Building for you.

• 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.

Whether you need a first dose of COVID vaccine or a booster dose, you can also 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.