(2-25-22) Effingham, IL – The Effingham County Health Department (ECHD) is saddened to announce four COVID-related deaths, three individuals were in their 80s and one was in their 90s. Two individuals were not vaccinated at all and the other two individuals were not up to date with the vaccinations.

ECHD also announces 34 new cases of COVID have been reported from Friday, February 18 through Thursday. February 24. Breaking down the cases over those 7 days; only 14.7% of cases were up to date with their vaccinations, 64.7% were completely unvaccinated, while 20.6% were not up to date
with their vaccinations. Reinfections accounted for 17.5% of all cases, of these 66.5% were not vaccinated, 33.4% were not up to date with their vaccinations, none of the reinfections were up to date with their vaccinations.

The Illinois Region 6, 7-day rolling test positivity was down to 3.4% through February 22, with Effingham County at 3.9% for the same period. ICU availability in our region is up to 31%.

The hours have been extended at the Drive-through COVID Testing Center. The testing center is located at 1904 South Banker St. next to Wabash Tire in front of the Village Square Mall. Free Rapid and PCR tests are now available Monday through Friday from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and again from 2 to 3 p.m.

• No insurance is required for these free tests.
• This service is available to anyone seeking testing, aged 5+.
• No appointment or physician order required.
• Rapid results the same day.
• PCR results normally take 2 to 3 days.