SPRINGFIELD (WSIL) -- The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) says 24 counties in the state are at a "warning level" for COVID-19.
According to IDPH, a county enters a warning level when it experiences an increase in two or more risk indicators from the state’s COVID-19 Resurgence Mitigation plan.
The 24 Illinois counties at a warning level on Friday, Sept. 11 were:
- Jo Daviess
- Rock Island
- St. Clair
This is the fifth week in a row Williamson County has appeared on the IDPH's warning level list. Union County is also back on the list after appearing on it throughout August.
"Although the reasons for counties reaching a warning level varies, some of the common factors for an increase in cases and outbreaks are associated with university and college parties as well as college sports teams, large gatherings and events, bars and clubs, weddings and funerals, long-term care facilities, correctional centers, manufacturing plants, schools, and cases among the community at large. General transmission of the virus in the community is also increasing," said a release Friday from the Illinois Department of Public Health.
On Friday, IDPH announced 2,120 new confirmed cases of coronavirus COVID-19 in the state, including 20 additional confirmed deaths.
Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 270,327 cases of COVID-19, including 8,411 deaths, in Illinois.
The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity rate for September 11 – September 17 is 3.6%.
According to IDPH, the current positivity rate for Region 5 - Southern Illinois is 6.9%