ECPHD COVID-19 UPDATE

COVID-19 cases have been on the rise again in Edgar County.  Chrisman and Paris have been most affected in the last two weeks.  ECPHD encourages unvaccinated residents to exercise caution by following the CDC and IDPH guidelines for masking and social distancing.  Under the new guidance unvaccinated individuals should continue wearing masks and social distancing in public places, at events and gatherings, and anywhere they will be around other people.  Hand washing is an essential part of staying healthy and COVID-free.  Everyone, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated, should practice good hand hygiene.  More information on masking for unvaccinated people can be found on the CDC website at the link below.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/about-face-coverings.html

According to the CDC and IDPH’s most recent guidance, individuals who have been fully vaccinated can return to their normal activities without masking or social distancing, except where required by law, or rules and regulations, which includes local business and workplace policies.  Masks are still required for fully vaccinated people in healthcare facilities, schools, and on public transportation.  Fully vaccinated people who are exposed to someone who has COVID will not need to quarantine unless they develop symptoms, at which time they should be tested for the virus.  For more information on the CDC’s guidance for fully vaccinated people, visit their website at the following link.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated.html.

People are considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19 two weeks after they have received the second dose in a 2-dose series (Moderna or Pfizer), or two weeks after they have received a single-dose of the Johnson and Johnson Janssen vaccine.

ECPHD continues to post vaccine registration links on our website each week.  Vaccines are administered at ECPHD twice each week.  Individuals seeking a vaccine should visit our website at ecphd.org to make an appointment.  People who are having trouble navigating the online system or who do not have a computer or access to the internet should call one of the health department’s hotlines for assistance making an appointment.  Those numbers are 217-294-2838 or 217-294-2728.

Our hotlines are monitored 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on weekdays and 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on weekends and holidays to answer all COVID-19 and vaccine questions.