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34 Illinois counties at ‘warning level’ for COVID-19

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SPRINGFIELD (WSIL) -- The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) says 34 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 34 Illinois counties at a warning level on Friday, Oct. 16 were:

  • Adams
  • Alexander
  • Boone
  • Cass
  • Christian
  • Clay
  • Clinton
  • Crawford
  • DeKalb
  • DeWitt
  • Jasper
  • Jefferson
  • Jo Daviess
  • Johnson
  • Kane
  • Lee
  • Macon
  • McDonough
  • McHenry
  • Mercer
  • Monroe
  • Pike
  • Pulaski
  • Randolph
  • Saline
  • Stephenson
  • Union
  • Vermilion
  • Warren
  • Washington
  • Wayne
  • Whiteside
  • Will
  • Winnebago

This is the first time Alexander County has appeared on the IDPH's warning level list and the first time Johnson County has appeared since July.

"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, family gatherings, long-term care facilities, correctional centers, schools, and cases among the community at large, especially people in their 20s," said a release Friday from the Illinois Department of Public Health.

On Friday, IDPH announced 4,554 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state, including 38 additional confirmed deaths. 

That's a new highest one-day total of coronavirus cases. It comes just a day after the previous highest case total.

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 336,174 cases of COVID-19, including 9,165 deaths, in Illinois.

The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity rate for October 9 – October 15 is 5.1%.

According to IDPH, the seven-day positivity rate for Region 5 - Southern Illinois as of Oct. 13 was 7.8%

Mandy Robertson

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