The Macoupin County Public Health Department continues to report and monitor new COVID-19 cases in Macoupin County and encourage county residents to become vaccinated and to follow recommended guidance.
As of July 9, there are 17,961 Macoupin County residents fully vaccinated against COVID-19. That is 39.64% of the county’s population in comparison to 46.9% 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.
Studies have shown that the delta variant spreads faster than the original strain of the virus. Studies have also shown that once a person catches the delta variant, they likely become infectious sooner, and that the virus grows more rapidly inside a person’s respiratory tract. As the delta variant continues to spread, experts are urging more people to get the COVID vaccine.
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. Getting a vaccine is a simple process. 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. Preregistration is no longer required and 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 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 Health Department also 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 on their website https://mcphd.net/self-registration/ or by calling the registration line at 217-313-5078. Please 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.