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Illinois Department of Public Health Announces COVID-19 Antivirals Available in the Coming Weeks

January 18, 2022|

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is announcing two new COVID-19 oral antivirals, Paxlovid (Pfizer) and Molnupiravir (Merck), will be available in Illinois later this month. The antivirals are for those with mild-to-moderate COVID-19 who are at high risk for becoming severely ill, including hospitalization or death.

CDC Recommends Pfizer Booster at 5 Months, Additional Primary Dose for Certain Immunocompromised Children

January 4, 2022|

Today, CDC is updating our recommendation for when many people can receive a booster shot, shortening the interval from 6 months to 5 months for people who received the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine. This means that people can now receive an mRNA booster shot 5 months after completing their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series. The booster interval recommendation for people who received the J&J vaccine (2 months) or the Moderna vaccine (6 months), has not changed.

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Illinois Vax Verify System Now Offers SMART™ Health Card Vaccination Verification

December 30, 2021|

New updates to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Vax Verify immunization portal now includes use of the SMART™ Health Card. The SMART™ Health Card allows users to download a QR code, which individuals can use to easily confirm a their COVID-19 vaccination status at businesses, events, and other locations. Vax Verify is an online system that allows Illinois residents 18 years and older to check their COVID-19 vaccination record.

Moultrie County Covid-19 Vaccine Information

Anyone with COVID-19-like illness or symptoms can get a test, even without a doctor’s order.

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Illinois COVID-19 Hotline and Email Address

If you have questions about Coronavirus (COVID-19), Call the Illinois Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Hotline 1-800-889-3931 or, send an email to dph.sick@illinois.gov anytime, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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Reliable information – Corona News & Updates for Central Illinois

The Coronavirus News & Updates is a service of the Moultrie County Health Department. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is the primary source of this reliable information. Much of the data originates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Many of the articles you’ll read below refer to COVID-19 which is the CDC’s short designation for “coronavirus disease 2019.”

The purpose of this service is to provide you with the latest critical news on the novel coronavirus Covid-19 in Illinois and locally as it affects Moultrie County.

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Coronavirus News & Updates: We’re all in this together

Today, we know more about who is at greater risk of getting the coronavirus than we did a few months earlier. We know that people over the age of 60 and those with underlying health conditions are particularly vulnerable to the more severe effects of the disease. Although younger, healthier children and adults may suffer only minor symptoms, they can still spread the coronavirus to the more vulnerable population.

The Moultrie County Health Department wants you to live smart and responsibly until we’re through this pandemic. So, let’s wash our hands longer and more frequently. Avoid large gatherings of people. Reduce unnecessary physical contact with others as much as possible. Above all, let’s listen to public health experts and act on the basis of facts instead of misinformation. Thus, we encourage you to check the Coronavirus News & Updates for the latest information each day.