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Grundy County releases COVID-19 update

MORRIS – The Grundy County Health Department provides information about vaccination, cases, mitigation and testing.

Vaccinations (as of April 15)

• Total number of doses received in Grundy: 34,452

• Total number of doses* administered in Grundy: 29,418

*Note: Total doses does not distinguish between first and second doses. All received doses have been allocated to use within the coming days.

• Total number of doses administered to Grundy residents**: 28,848

• Total number of Grundy residents fully vaccinated: 11,845

• Percentage of Grundy population fully vaccinated: 23.24%

• Fully vaccinated Grundy residents ages 16-64: 7,280

• Fully vaccinated Grundy residents ages 65+: 4,565

**Note: Grundy residents may be vaccinated in counties outside of Grundy, depending on vocation and other factors.

Grundy County’s mass vaccination site remains supported through the assistance of local volunteers, Illinois National Guard, and contractual nurses. Appointments are offered to any Illinois resident of the appropriate age. (Pfizer is available for persons 16 years and older, while Moderna and Johnson & Johnson are available for persons 18 years and older.)

Residents may visit the Grundy County Health Department website at the start of each week to learn of available clinics for that week. Residents may also call 815-941-3404 to schedule over the phone.

Following is the weekly allocation of Dose 1 for Grundy County: For the week of April 19, 1,000 doses of Moderna vaccine have been allocated to Grundy County. For the week of April 26, the anticipated allocation is 600 doses of Moderna vaccine.

As of April 13, the Grundy County Health Department has paused the use of Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 vaccine following guidance from the CDC, FDA and as required by the Illinois Department of Public Health. This was done out of an abundance of caution due to six cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot in individuals who received Johnson & Johnson vaccine in the U.S., out of over 6.8 million doses given.

There are no known cases in Grundy.

Testing

Testing is available throughout the county through local hospital systems, and protocol at each location is subject to change based on availability of resources. Mobile testing units as organized by IDPH are also available throughout the region. Residents seeking testing may consider visiting the dph.illinois.gov to learn about Mobile and Community-Based Testing Sites throughout Illinois.

Cases

The total number of positive cases in Grundy since March 2020 is 5,596 people, with 71 residents who have passed away as a result of COVID-19 complications.

Presently, the Grundy County Health Department is following 53 people who have recently tested positive and are in isolation, and each of their close contacts.

Recent data shows that Grundy is seeing a smaller percentage of positive cases in those residents 60+ years.

Mitigation

Region: Region 2 is currently in Phase 4 mitigation, and will remain until the metrics to move to Phase 4 have been met. Details about each phase and metrics for moving between them can be found at dph.illinois.gov.

County: Grundy County has returned to an “orange” warning level this week, according to IDPH. The IDPH uses numerous indicators when determining if a county is experiencing stable or increasing COVID-19 activity. Below are the updated metrics for Grundy County:

New cases per 100,000 people: If there are more than 50 new cases per 100,000 people in the county, a warning is triggered. In the past week, there were 161 new cases per 100,000 people in Grundy County, up from 108 the previous week.

Number of deaths: This metric indicates a warning when the weekly number of deaths increases by more than 20% for two consecutive weeks. In the past week, there was one death in Grundy County, the same amount as the previous week.

Weekly test positivity: This metric indicates a warning when the seven-day test positivity rate rises above 8%. In the past week, the positivity rate in Grundy County was 6.4%, up from 4.2% the previous week.

Tests performed: This metric is used to provide context and indicate if more testing is needed in the county. In the past week, 1,528 tests were performed in Grundy County, up from 1,296 the previous week.

Weekly emergency department visits: This metric indicates a warning when the weekly percent of emergency department visits for COVID-19-like illness increases by more than 20% for two consecutive weeks. In the past week, 4.4% of the emergency department visits in Grundy County were for COVID-19-like illness, up from 2.9% the previous week.

Weekly hospital admissions: A warning is triggered when the weekly number of hospital admissions for COVID-19-like illness increases by more than 20% for two consecutive weeks. In the past week, there were five hospital admissions for COVID-19-like illness, up from fewer than five the previous week.

Clusters: This metric looks at the percent of COVID-19 cases associated with clusters or outbreaks and is used to understand large increases in cases. In the past week, 3.1% of the cases in Grundy County were associated with clusters, down from 4.5% the previous three weeks.

Intensive care unit bed availability: A warning is triggered if fewer than 20% of ICU beds are available in the region. In the past week, 18% of Grundy County’s ICU beds were available, down from 22% the previous week.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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