DeKalb County, Illinois Health Department news
Mosquitoes collected in traps in DeKalb and Sycamore have tested positive for the West Nile virus for the first time since 2019, according to a Friday announcement by the DeKalb County Health Department.
DeKalb County residents who still need the COVID-19 vaccine may have an even easier time accessing it now, as the DeKalb County Health Department announced Tuesday its received a mobile vehicle which allows them to take the vaccine directly to residents.
An area community college is joining the list of schools going back to requiring masks for all students, staff and visitors, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status.
Update: As COVID-19 community transmission again grows in DeKalb County, local health officials on Thursday issued new guidance strongly recommending a return to universal indoor masking in the county, regardless of vaccination status. Mayors throughout DeKalb County spoke to the Daily Chronicle in response:
DeKalb County health officials said the delta variant of COVID-19 has now been confirmed locally, and as a result the department will continue to urge universal mask policies and vaccinations and encourage local elected officials to share the message.
The DeKalb County Health Department is offering free walk-in COVID-19 vaccinations weekdays at its DeKalb building, no appointments needed.
As of Wednesday, DeKalb County reports more than 38%, or nearly 40,000 people out of the 104,000 countywide population, are fully vaccinated against the virus. With that in mind, local health officials said they support the plan to fully reopen Friday.