The Christian County Health Department released information updating the public on the risk of COVID-19 in the county. Christian County’s COVID-19 risk status has changed from low to medium due to a rise in cases. According to the Christian County Health Department, Sangamon County is at high risk, and is one of the highest transmission areas in the United States at this time.
The CDC recommends that all residents of Christian County stay up to date with vaccines. For appointments, call the Christian County Health Department at 824-4113. COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters are done on Tuesdays and Thursdays. If you are showing symptoms, tests can be done at the CCHD Monday through Friday from 8-10 AM and from 1-3 PM at 902 W. Springfield Road in Taylorville. Stay in your car and if no one comes out, call 824-4113 extension 111 or 122. The health department also encourages residents to wear a mask at anytime you feel uncomfortable in groups or around people outside your household. If someone is at high risk for severe illness, they should wear a mask as well.
Booster Clinics have also been done at the Christian County Mental Health Workshop, Heritage Health in Pana, Prairie Rose in Pana, and Hickory Estates in Taylorville. Nearly 200 people have participated so far.
The IDPH has announced new guidance of COVID-19 response if there is a positive case. If you test positive for COVID-19 and IDPH has your cell phone number, you will receive a text message telling you what’s next. You can also call the COVID-19 IDPH phone number at 312-777-1999 for questions. For more information, you can also visit www.covid.gov or www.covidtest.gov.