Springfield living center outbreak showed value of COVID-19 shots

Springfield living center outbreak showed value of COVID-19 shots

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A recent outbreak of COVID-19 at a Springfield senior living complex demonstrates the need for more people to be vaccinated against coronavirus disease, Sangamon County’s public health director says.

The fact that no one has died or developed life-threatening complications among the 22 residents and six staff members at Springfield Supportive Living shows the vaccine is working, Gail O’Neill said this week.

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“Overall, they have been recovering,” said O’Neill, director of the Sangamon County Department of Public Health. “A year ago, they might not have. The vaccine is doing what it’s supposed to do. … It’s supposed to keep you out of the hospital and keep you from dying.”

Rates of new cases of COVID-19 have remained relatively low in Sangamon County and the rest of Illinois but have begun to increase in recent weeks. Some of the spread has been attributed to more transmissible delta variant, making unvaccinated people even more at risk of being infected and developing severe complications from COVID-19.



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