The Macoupin County Public Health Department continues to report and monitor new COVID-19 cases including the delta variant in Macoupin County. Public health officials have seen an increase in cases from 0.09% on July 2 to 8.6 % on July 23. Over 200 new Macoupin County cases were identified between June 29 and July 29.
Health department officials are urging all residents, whether fully vaccinated or not, to follow the updated CDC guidelines and return to wearing masks indoors when in public. Officials are also encouraging county residents to become vaccinated and to follow recommended guidance including wear masks indoors by all individuals age 2 and older, avoid close contact with people who are sick (maintain 6 feet distance between yourself and people who don’t live in your household), avoid crowds and poorly ventilated spaces, wash your hands often, clean and disinfect high touch surfaces daily, and monitor your health daily (be alert for COVID-19 symptoms).
As of July 30, 18,574 Macoupin County residents were fully vaccinated against COVID-19. That is 40.9% of the county’s population in comparison to 56.4% of Illinois population. The goal is to vaccinate as many Macoupin County residents as possible to decrease new cases of disease and prevent mutation to more dangerous variants such as the delta variant.
All three of the vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson) have shown to be largely effective against preventing serious illness and death due to COVID including the delta variant.
COVID-19 vaccines, both first and second doses, are offered at the Maple Street Medical Clinic Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and at the Morgan Street Clinic Tuesday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The vaccines are offered free of charge and preregistration is no longer required. Walk-ins are welcome. For more information, call 217-313-5078.
The Macoupin County Health Department provides vaccines to county residents who are homebound. If you or someone you know is homebound (unable to leave the home) and in need of the COVID-19 vaccine, call 217-839-7710 to arrange to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at your residence.
The Macoupin County Health Department currently offers two types of COVID-19 testing. The Rapid Antigen Test provides results in 15 minutes and the State PCR Test provides results in 24 to 72 hours. Interested persons are asked to register for COVID testing. When calling the registration line at 217-313-5078, be prepared to provide your name, address, phone number and insurance information to the support staff or leave a message with your name and number. You can also self-register on-line at https://mcphd.net/self-registration/.