Vaccine now here in county

Carroll County Health Department nurse Sarah McCaskey administers the Covid-19 immunization to Mount Carroll Ambulance Association member Denny Asay Monday, Jan. 4, at the Carroll County Farm Bureau in Mount Carroll. “This was our first clinic and the first dose of 70 Moderna vaccines were administered to local residents,” said CCHD Administrative Assistant Dawn Holland. “The focus was on individuals that fall into the Phase 1A priority list.  More clinics will be announced as vaccines become available.” Assisting at Monday’s clinic were Mount Carroll Ambulance and Lanark Ambulance members.

Carroll County is reporting 55 new positive cases of the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) during the past seven days.

No new Covid-related deaths were reported over the past week, leaving the countywide total at 30.

Carroll County has now had 1,362 total cases of the novel coronavirus. The health department is reporting 46 currently active cases and 1,286 recoveries as of Monday, Jan. 4.

The 55 individuals who tested positive last week include:

One child; one teenager; 28 in their 20s; five in their 30s; four in their 40s; 10 in their 50s; three in their 60s; one in their 70s; and two in their 80s, according to the Carroll County Health Department.

The CCHD received a shipment of Covid-19 vaccine last week and began administering them Monday, Jan. 4.

“We will be doing them by appointment only and following our priority list for Phase 1a,” said Dawn Holland, assistant administrator at the health department. Due to guidelines with administering the vaccine and (the) vaccine itself, we will be setting up additional appointments/clinics as we continue to monitor our supply of the vaccine.”

Phase 1a priority list for the Covid-19 vaccine:

•Health Care Personnel are defined as paid and unpaid persons serving in health care settings who have the potential for direct or indirect exposure to patients' infections materials. Examples include:

•Clinicians: Such as nurses, physicians, respiratory technicians, dentists, and hygienists.

•Other workers in health care settings: Such as Nursing assistants, environmental services staff, assisted living facility staff, long-term care facility staff, group home staff, and home caregivers. This also includes Emergency Medical Services (EMS).

•Inclusion in Phase 1a is not dependent upon payment for their work or job title. Situations associated with higher risk of transmission include caring for COVID-19 patients, cleaning areas where COVID-19 patients are admitted, treated, and housed, and performing procedures with higher risk of aerosolization such as endotracheal intubation, bronchoscopy, suctioning, turning the patient to the prone position, disconnecting the patient from the ventilator, invasive dental procedures and exams, invasive specimen collection, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Also included in this group are those individuals distributing the vaccine, such as pharmacists, plasma and blood donation workers, public health nurses, and other public health and emergency preparedness workers. Morticians, funeral home workers, and other death care professionals involved in handling bodies are included in this high-risk group.

When vaccine is scarce, priority should be given to high risk health workers who are involved in direct patient care, as well as those working in transport, environmental services, or other health care facility services who risk exposure to bodily fluids or aerosols. Access to vaccine when scarce should not be defined by professional title, but rather by an individual's actual risk of exposure to COVID-19.

•Long Term Care Facility Residents are defined as adults who reside in facilities that provide a variety of services, including medical and personal care, to persons who are unable to live independently.

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Monday, Jan. 4, reported 5,059 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in Illinois, including 79 additional deaths.

IDPH is reporting a total of 984,850 cases, including 16,834 deaths, in 102 counties in Illinois, as of Jan. 4.