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Local hospital officials and an epidemiologist for Rock County say COVID-19 hospitalizations have been on an uptick here recently, and it comes at the same time as hospitals also are seeing an increase in people being admitted for non-COVID-19 illnesses, including seasonal flu and cold viruses.

The state-operated COVID-19 vaccine clinic at the former Rock County Job Center in Janesville will expand its hours of operation starting Tuesday to address higher demand with 5- to 11-year-old children starting vaccine series and more adults receiving booster doses.

Rock County’s number of active COVID-19 cases is the highest it has been since January, according to public health data published by the Rock County Public Health Department on Wednesday.

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Drugmaker Pfizer requested federal approval Tuesday for its booster shot to be available to all adults age 18 and older. More than 25 million Americans have received an additional dose of one of the three COVID-19 vaccines currently available in the U.S.

The number of new weekly COVID-19 cases in the U.S. has dropped by more than half since the beginning of September, according to data published by Johns Hopkins University.

The number of new COVID-19 cases reported in Beloit and Janesville over the last week dropped significantly compared to the week before last, according to data published Monday by the Rock County Public Health Department

Rock County has reported over 360 new COVID-19 cases over the last seven days while Winnebago County, Illinois has recorded over 560 new cases over the same time period, data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows.

The COVID-19 vaccine clinic at Blackhawk Technical College is gearing up to relocate and will move to the former Rock County Jobs Center site in Janesville, according to the Rock County Public Health Department.