The Grundy County Health Department reports an additional COVID-19-related death, which brings the total to 44 since the pandemic began. Twenty-two cases have been added since August 20th, making that total 1,521. Fifty-two cases are active.
Grundy County Health Department Administrator Elizabeth Gibson reports not a lot of specimens are being submitted for variant testing at this time, and it is assumed Delta is what is circulating mostly. The health department has also seen some reinfection.
Twenty-eight percent of Grundy County residents are fully vaccinated. Gibson says she knows some residents were reluctant to get a COVID-19 vaccine under the emergency use authorization, and she is glad the Food and Drug Administration granted full approval to the Pfizer vaccine for individuals at least 16 years old.
She encourages residents to get vaccinated since a vaccine is readily available. The health department offers all three types of vaccines and has days to receive vaccines each week. The Wright Memorial Physicians Group and Hy-Vee also have vaccines available.