Whiteside County reports 7 COVID-19 cases Thursday

Whiteside County had seven new coronavirus cases Thursday, and the Illinois National Guard will be having a vaccine clinic Monday.

There were two cases in their 20s, two in their 50s and three in their 30s, 60s and 70s as well as 50 new recoveries for a total of 7,244 cases, 170 deaths and 6,854 recoveries.

The Illinois National Guard will be having a rapid response vaccination clinic from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday at the McCormick Event Center, 205 E. Third St., in Rock Falls. Johnson & Johnson vaccines will be available to anyone 18 or older, and Pfizer doses will be available to anyone 12 and older.

Go to covidvaccination.dph.illinois.gov to register or find the Whiteside County Health Department on Facebook for more information.

Whiteside County has administered 37,041 total doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, with 17,087 people (30.72%) fully vaccinated. Lee County has had 23,200 doses, with 11,203 people (32.74%) fully vaccinated. Carroll County has administered 8,486 vaccine doses, with 4,283 people (28.93%) fully vaccinated. Ogle County has had 35,391 doses, with 16,837 people (33.06%) fully vaccinated.

The North region (Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside, and Winnebago counties) has maintained a positivity rate below 8% for 117 days. The region’s positivity rate increased to 4.3%.

Currently, 18% of ICU beds are available. Thursday is the 31st straight day this region is under 20% ICU capacity.

Lee County’s rate increased to 1.1%, and Whiteside County’s stayed flat at 2%.

Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable eight out of the past 10 days in this region.

Illinois announced 1,918 cases and 35 deaths Thursday totaling 1,361,666 cases, including 22,320 deaths.

Rachel Rodgers

Rachel Rodgers joined Sauk Valley Media in 2016 covering local government in Dixon and Lee County.