When the Southern Seven Health Department posted its week of July 2 COVID-19 statistics, Massac County had three confirmed cases.

A week later, that number has quadrupled.

During the week of July 9, Massac County reported 12 new cases — one in a child less than 10-years-old; two teenagers; three in their 30s; one in their 40s; two in their 50s; and three in their 60s.

These 12 are part of the 49 cases reported in the Southern Seven region of Alexander, Hardin, Johnson, Massac, Pope, Pulaski and Union counties.

The county has had 1374 total COVID cases with 1327 of those recovered and 12 active. The death toll attributed to the virus remains at 35.

Southern Seven reports 36,841 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in the region since the vaccine first arrived on Dec. 16, 2020. The average of individuals totally vaccinated in the Southern Seven region is 26.06%.

In Massac County, 7779 doses have been administered with 3809 people, or 27.05% of the county’s population, fully vaccinated.

Southern Seven officials remind residents of the Delta variant of COVID in Missouri and their potential spread.

“The three vaccines we currently have access to are showing they’re very effective at protecting you and helping to slow the spread of this and other COVID variants,” said Nathan Ryder, Southern Seven’s Community outreach coordinator. “We have plenty of vaccine available at Southern Seven. Now is the time to schedule yourself to get vaccinated before we see a potential surge.”

The state of Illinois has launched a toll-free Vaccine Appointment Call Center, 833-621-1284, which is open from 6 a.m. until midnight seven days a week. Appointments can also be scheduled using the Illinois Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 Vaccine Registration system online at covidvaccination.dph.illinois.gov. For assistance with scheduling a vaccine appointment at the Massac County Southern Seven health clinic or for more information, call 618-634-2297 or visit them on Facebook or online at www.southern7.org.

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