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Omicron detetectd in Randolph county

82 new cases; transmission rate remains high

 
Herald Tribune Report
updated: 1/12/2022 9:47 AM

The omicron variant has been detected in at least 12 counties in Illinois, including Randolph, where the COVID-19 transmission rate remains high and 82 new cases were recorded. As of Sunday, Jan. 9, Randolph County had 524 active cases of COVID-19 and a seven-day positivity rate of 24.57%.

The Randolph County Health Department highly recommends taking additional precautions while in a public setting or a gathering of others, especially if you are not vaccinated.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, 52.4% of Randolph County residents age 5 or over are fully vaccinated.

The county health department is administering the first, second, third and booster doses of the COVID vaccine at clinics from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 11; Thursday, Jan. 20; and Tuesday, Jan. 25.

Please call (618) 826-5007 to schedule an appointment.

Contact tracing

If you or a family member test positive for COVID-19, please remain isolated/quarantined until a contact tracer has an opportunity to reach out to you. The health department's goal is to reach new cases within 24 hours of notification. Currently it can be up to 4 days after testing before the health department is notified of a positive case.

As of Jan. 13, the Illinois Department of Public Health Surge Center will be assuming all contact tracing and case investigation responsibilities. The Surge Center will utilize an automated system to reduce the number of incoming\outgoing calls to local health departments.

Positive COVID-19 cases will receive an automated message asking you to participate; if you do not participate, or "Opt-In," you will not receive any communication or correspondence. The Randolph County Health Department will not issue any correspondence\letters as they rely on the centralized system.