Good news ends on COVID: Cases surge in Knox County; one death reported

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Covid-19 update
Covid-19 update

GALESBURG — New COVID-19 cases in Knox County shot up 145% last week, after declining three consecutive weeks.

Some of the increase week over week may be due to a lack of reporting during the previous week due to the Thanksgiving holiday, when 68 new cases were reported. Still, 167 new cases were reported last week, which is the highest weekly number of new cases reported since Oct. 1, when 188 were reported.

The number of new cases has fallen each week since the week ending Oct. 1, except for a bump up the week of Nov. 5. The 167 cases reported Monday through Sunday, Dec. 4, brings the total cases in Knox County to 8,042 COVID-19 cases.

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33% of new cases among those 0-22

Of the new cases, 33% were from ages 0-22. Within those age groups, 5-11 year-olds had the most cases over the past seven days with 18.

Cases over past 7 days

• Ages 0-4: 8 cases

• Ages 5-11: 18 cases

• Ages 12-17: 15 cases

• Ages 18-22: 15 cases

Since the pandemic began 1,440 cases in Knox County were among those under age 20, which accounts for 18 percent of all cases in the county. The next highest group, 12-29 year-olds, accounted for 1,232 cases, or 15% of the total cases.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reports no new outbreaks at area schools. The last two outbreaks were at Hedding Grade School Nov. 12 and Knoxville Junior High Nov. 19. Both involved fewer than five cases.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reports one death in Knox County, bringing the total COVID-19 deaths to 178.

The percentage of intensive care units available is at 17%, which is beneath the state's benchmark of 20%. That percentage, however, is from Nov. 27. Likewise, the rate of 154 new cases per 100,000 people is also from Nov. 27 and doesn't reflect weekly case increases.

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Cases jump 138% in Illinois

New coronavirus cases leaped in Illinois in the week ending Sunday, rising 138.5% as 50,176 cases were reported. The previous week had 21,034 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.

Illinois ranked 15th among the states where coronavirus was spreading the fastest on a per-person basis, a USA TODAY Network analysis of Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the latest week coronavirus cases in the United States increased 67.6% from the week before, with 843,458 cases reported. With 3.81% of the country's population, Illinois had 5.95% of the country's cases in the last week. Across the country, 48 states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.

Weekly vaccinations up 53%

Vaccinations have increased since November and especially over the past week. A total of 1,868 doses of vaccine were administered in Knox County over the past seven days. That's 53% more than the previous week when 1,218 doses were given. On Dec. 2, 616 doses were given, the highest amount since April 16.

Daily doses administered

Dec. 5: 80

Dec. 4: 296

Dec. 3: 259

Dec. 2: 616

Dec. 1: 186

Nov. 30: 268

Nov. 29: 163

According to the Jurisdiction-Specific Age Demographics 35.53% of our 12–17-year olds have been fully vaccinated and 4.36% of our 5–11-year olds have been fully vaccinated.

The IDPH reports that 53.3% of the Knox County population is vaccinated. About 58% have received at least one dose, and 8,767 booster doses have been given.

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Vaccination clinics announced

The Health Department continues to offer Curbside COVID-19 Testing on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; appointments are made same day by calling 309-344-2225 beginning at 7:15 a.m. Additionally, health care providers in the community are offering testing options as well as local pharmacies.

Unified Command Vaccine Center Clinics planned are as follows:

• Tuesday, Dec. 7, Walk-in Booster Clinic at the Unified Command Vaccine Center 7-11:30 a.m. Clinic offers booster of Moderna, Pfizer, and Janssen for adults 18 years of age and up.

• Tuesday, Dec. 7, at the Unified Command Vaccine Center 1:30-3:30 p.m.

• Thursday, Dec. 9, at the Unified Command Vaccine Center 8:30-11:30 a.m.

• Tuesday, Dec.14, at the Unified Command Vaccine Center 1:30-3:30 p.m.

• Wednesday, Dec. 15, at the Unified Command Vaccine Center 5-7 p.m. Pfizer 5–18-year old’s Pediatric and Adolescent Clinic. Registration is required.

This article originally appeared on Galesburg Register-Mail: New COVID cases up 145%; vaccinations increase 53% in Knox County

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