Today, Wednesday March 3, Public Health Officials from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) reported the death of another Washington County resident due to Covid-19. This individual was a male in his 60’s. This brings the total number of deaths in the county to 28.
There were 44 additional deaths in the entire state of Illinois reported today, with 2,104 new confirmed and probable cases of Covid-19 across the state.
The Washington County Health Department issued a press release today in which they announced 2 more lab-confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Washington County. This brings the total number of active cases in Washington County to 9, with 1 patient currently hospitalized. WCHD has not confirmed the additional death in the county reported by IDPH earlier today.
WCHD also released the following:
Phase 1B includes persons aged 65 years and older as well as qualifying essential employees in education, manufacturing, food production, and veterinary medicine. The Health Department has the difficult task to balance a very high demand of a wide array of people with a very limited supply.
Washington County Health Department has received and given 1st doses of COVID vaccine to 1,000 people fitting into Phase 1B and have begun giving second doses as outlined in the Illinois Vaccination Plan. We have been told that supply is expected to increase in the coming weeks.
Department staff have been working to obtain more vaccine for the residents of Washington County, including utilizing contacts through IDPH, State legislators, and corporate governmental affairs through the Governor’s office.
We have worked diligently and continuously over the last year to serve the people of Washington County, including working long hours, holidays, and weekends, and will continue to do so over the next several months. Many things are outside of our control, and your continued patience is appreciated as we move forward in the coming months.
Currently we are working on our roster of names collected on or before January 14, 2021. We hope to be able to begin moving more quickly through our roster as more vaccine becomes available. Vaccine is available in other areas through federal partnerships (pharmacy chains, National Guard teams) which allows them access to more vaccine than is given to local health departments. We are encouraging anyone who is willing, to travel to other clinics who have vaccine more readily available.”