Montgomery County is 24.07 percent fully vaccinated as of Wednesday, April 21, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH).
Vaccination clinics continue through the Montgomery County Health Department, and pre-registration is required. To register, find links on the health department website montgomeryco.com/health or on the health department’s Facebook page.
Those who would like to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and need help with online registration should call the health department at 217-532-2001 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Even for those who are fully vaccinated, “it’s important for everyone to continue using all the tools available to help stop this pandemic as we learn more about how COVID-19 vaccines work in real-world conditions,” the health department quotes from the CDC on its website. “Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others, stay at least six feet away from others, avoid crowds, avoid poorly ventilated spaces, and wash your hands often.”
Free weekend rapid testing through the health department continues on Saturdays and Sundays in April at Litchfield Family Practice from 1-3 p.m. or until 40 tests have been completed.
“We encourage those who attend parties or who attend any other type of gathering to get tested,” according to the local health department. “A person does not have to be symptomatic to spread the virus. Testing can help stop the spread. Our weekend testing clinics may be used for this purpose.”
So far this week, the health department reported no new cases on Sunday, one on Monday and two on Tuesday for an average of 2.35 new cases per day in Montgomery County so far in April. That compares to an average of 23 new cases per day during January at the height of the pandemic.