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Friday CoViD-19 Numbers with Monday Information Update from Deaconess and Egyptian Health on Boosters

As a grim milestone is reached, new CoViD-19 cases continue to be tallied throughout southeastern Illinois.  It was announced Friday that 1 in 500 Americans have now died from CoViD-19 or complications due to the coronavirus.  Over at Deaconess in Evansville, hospitalized patients number at 151, 135 of them unvaccinated; 55 are in the ICU, 53 of them not vaccinated; and 37 on ventilators, all but 2 unvaccinated.  Throughout southern Illinois, last week at one point there were zero beds available due to the influx in coronavirus patients.  The second surge began in July according to data and has shown no real signs of slowing down locally.  A new high of 58 cases was reported just two weeks ago in White County and Friday, 17 new cases were reported as was another death.  Gallatin County also lost a resident due to coronavirus complications the Egyptian Health Department says.  Of the new cases reported Friday, 9 are females, only one in her teens, but that case comes with 4 new male teens who have tested positive in White County.  Teens and younger have been the lion’s share of cases in the latest surge.  While just over 54% of Illinoisans are fully vaccinated, counties in our region are far behind that figure.  In White County, just 35% of the population is fully vaccinated.  32% of Wayne Countians are inoculated.  In Hamilton County, the rate is less than 29%.

The latest information from Deaconess and information from Egyptian Health Department regarding Booster Immunizations is below:

We are getting a lot of calls regarding Booster Vaccines. At this time, booster doses are only approved for immunocompromised individuals. Please continue to follow us on social media and our website as we will make announcements when that opens up to other individuals. We know a lot of you are anticipating getting booster vaccines, and we will give them to you as soon as it is approved! Thank you again to our awesome community for being patient and understanding during this time.
Current Eligible Individuals to receive the Booster include:
➡Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
➡Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
➡Received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
➡Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
➡Advanced or untreated HIV infection
➡Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response
Must have received 2nd dose vaccine no sooner than 4 weeks (28 days) prior

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