COVID UPDATE 12/12/21 - 1/1/22
DeWitt/Piatt COVID Update:
Current Active Cases: 447
225 cases reported.
231 cases reported.
300 cases reported.
Due to the recent surge in positive COVID-19 cases, a breakdown of recent cases by town/county is not available at this time. Resources are being utilized to contact active cases.
Vaccination for COVID is available through our offices. We are now scheduling appointments for 3rd dose/Booster shots, and are also scheduling vaccinations for children ages 5-11. Please call us for an appointment. In DeWitt Co, call (217)935-3427 ext. 2141 or in Piatt Co, call (217) 762-7911 ext. 2211. You can also receive vaccination through local pharmacies, or through state sponsored vaccination clinics in areas nearby.
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
The Omicron strain was detected first in IL on 12/7/2021. Vaccination remains the best option to protect oneself against COVID-19. As scientists scramble to understand fully the effect of vaccination status on the new Omicron variant, recent information has suggested that booster shots can help protect against this variant. COVID infection tends to be less severe due to the vaccination status of the individual.
Active cases are growing exponentially over the past several weeks. Our contact tracing functions are ramping back up. While we re-focus our efforts on contact tracing, please expect a delay in response time. Both DeWitt and Piatt counties remain on the state WARNING LIST for COVID-19. Incidence rates remain very high. The county warning list metrics are found here:
and the county/school metrics are found here:
David M. Remmert, M.P.H., Ph.D.
Public Health Administrator