Commissioners hear COVID-19 updates

Updates on COVID-19 and approving a plethora of delinquent tax resolutions were the biggest parts of the Jan. 8 Randolph County Board of Commissioners meeting.

In her report, Randolph County Care Center Administrator Michelle Cato noted that of their 42 residents, 7 were in the hospital. She also reported that they continue to test the residents for COVID-19 once per week and the staff twice each week.

Commissioner Marc Kiehna noted that they are dealing with the situation at the care center the same as all care centers across the country are. 

In addition, he stated that not all of the residents that are hospitalized are because of COVID-19, pointing out that Randolph County Health Department Administrator Angela Oathout’s daily report on Jan. 7 listed no county residents as hospitalized.

Cato also reported that the vaccination process for most of the care center has been pushed back 90 days. However, some of those that wanted to get the vaccine have already gotten it and will get their second dose in three weeks. 

Oathout elaborated on the status of vaccination at long term care centers. She noted that the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has a pharmacy partnership, in that the pharmacies will go to the facilities. 

“They feel it would be less disruptive for them (the pharmacies) to go on site,” she commented. “It is easier to take someone to the site to do all at once.”

For more from the Board of Commissioners meeting, please see this week’s print edition.