April 22, 2021
DeWitt/Piatt COVID Update
DeWitt: 1 new case in Lane. 1 new case in Wapella.
Piatt: 3 new cases in Cerro Gordo. 2 new cases in Monticello.
DeWitt: 1 new case in Clinton.
Piatt: 1 new case in Cerro Gordo.
03/19/2021 Current Active Cases
With these additional cases, DeWitt Co has had a total of 1346 cases; Piatt Co has had a total of 1427 cases. Over the past week, DeWitt Co has had 8 cases, Piatt Co has had 17 cases. There have now been a total of 23 deaths in DeWitt Co and 14 deaths in Piatt Co due to COVID-19. We are approaching 13,508 doses of vaccine given in our two-county area (8182 in Piatt and 5326 in DeWitt).
Governor Pritzker announced on Thursday that a bridge between Phase 4 and Phase 5 mitigations will be developed that would allow for less restrictive disease control measures to be adopted. These would allow for greater capacity limits for bars and restaurants, social gatherings, museums and zoos, etc., depending on whether they are indoors or outdoors. This bridge phase will mean people can look forward to more traditional summer activities like concerts, because capacity would increase to 60%. Retail, offices, salons, health clubs and museums would also be allowed 60% capacity. Social events like weddings could have up to 250 people inside, and 500 guests outside. He noted that "we'll move into this bridge phase when 70% of our 65 and older population receives at lease one dose of the vaccine."
Pritzker also noted that expansion of vaccine eligibility to priority group 1C will be allowed on April 12 but it remains a county by county decision as to when each county allows for expanded access based on how well they've met goals of vaccinating earlier priority groups.
We continue with vaccination clinics for 2nd dose recipients only through March. We have loaded a new SignUpGenius link for April appointments. Find this link on our website (www.dewittpiatthealth.com) and Facebook page.
Additional vaccination information is located here: https://www.dph.illinois.gov/covid19/vaccine-faq and https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/faq.html
PLEASE continue to practice our prevention protocol: WASH your hands frequently, WEAR a mask when in public, WATCH your distance (maintain a 6 ft distance), don't attend or host gatherings, and shelter vulnerable populations.
David M. Remmert, M.P.H., Ph.D.
Public Health Administrator