QUINCY (WGEM) -- The Adams County Health Department announced Monday it was planning to scale down its COVID-19 response efforts by July 1.
Health officials said the reason for the change was decreasing trend of COVID-19 and the increased number of those vaccinated in the community.
"With approximately 40% of our total population vaccinated currently, including approximately 80% of individuals 65 years and above, the community is in a much more stable position for future control of COVID disease," officials said/
Health officials said as the COVID-19 vaccine coverage increases and COVID-19 case counts, hospitalizations and deaths continue to decrease, the Adams County COVID-19 dashboard is no longer serving its original vital purpose.
Officials stated daily maintenance of the dashboard will end on June 25 and it will be replaced with a link to state health department data.
Officials added the dashboard has been a valuable tool for efficiently communicating important COVID-19 data to the community and has had nearly 1.4 million views since its inception in April 2020.
Officials stated the last day of free mass testing will be June 30.
After that date, officials said, individuals requiring a COVID-19 test should contact Blessing Health System, Quincy Medical Group, SIU Quincy, or another regional provider, all of whom have programs in place to assure ongoing community access to COVID-19 testing.
Officials added, the health department may consider resuming testing at a later date if it is needed.
Officials stated the program has provided over 60,000 free COVID-19 tests to residents of Adams County and the region.
Adams County Health Officials stated they will continue to provide COVID-19 vaccines through regularly scheduled clinics at the Health Department.
Individuals who wish to receive a COVID-19 vaccine may call 217-222-8440 to schedule an appointment.
Health officials added, vaccinations are also available through most local healthcare providers and pharmacies.