COVID Cases Rising in Illinois

 

 

Southern Seven Health Department (S7HD) reports the Illinois Department of Public Health announced on August 27ththatPope Countyhas once again been elevated to an Orange Warning Level status on the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) risk metrics.Alexander, Hardin, Johnson, Massac, Pulaski, and Union Counties will remain at the Orange Warning Level.The amount of New Cases Per 100,000 people, Test Positivity Percentage metrics, and falling ICU bed availability at area hospitalsare causing the elevated risk levels.According to Illinois Department of Public Health, an orange designation indicates warning signs of increased COVID-19 risk in the community. Residents are asked to remain vigilant to slow spread of the virus.

A warning for New Case Rate indicates the rate is greater than 50 cases per 100,000 people.  A warning for Test Positivity indicates that the percentage was above 8% from the previous 7 day period. A warning for ICU Availability shows the number of ICU beds has dropped below a 20% availability threshold.New Cases per 100,000 People Rate is a unit of measure calculated as a rate to compare the number of cases in large and small counties.  The rate is calculated by dividing the county case count for 7 days by county population x 100,000.  This describes the potential number of people who are currently ill and may be infectious in the county.

Alexander County had 561 potential new cases (based on 34 positive cases) per 100,000 reported. The test positivity percentage for the county was 13.7% out of 168 tests.  ICU availability was 6.2%

HardinCounty had 665 potential new cases (based on 26 positive cases) per 100,000 reported. The test positivity percentage for the county was 11.8% out of220 tests.  ICU availability was 6.2%

Johnson County had 779 potential new cases (based on 97 positive cases) per 100,000 reported. The test positivity percentage for the county was 9.5% out of 985 tests.  ICU availability was 6.2%.

Massac County had 440 potential new cases (based on 62 positive cases) per 100,000 reported. The test positivity percentage for the county was 13.4% out of 388 tests.  ICU availability was 6.2%

PopeCounty had 404 potential new cases (based on 17 positive cases) per 100,000 reported. The test positivity percentage for the county was 11.6% out of 138 tests.  ICU availability was 6.2%

Pulaski County had 421 potential new cases (based on 23positive cases) per 100,000 reported. The test positivity percentage for the county was 9.0% out of 210 tests.  ICU availability was 6.2%

Union County had 333 potential new cases (based on 56 positive cases) per 100,000 reported. The test positivity percentage for the county was 4.4% out of 1,417 tests.  ICU availability was 6.2%

Eight different indicators are used to determine a county’s designation.   A county is considered at the orange ‘Warning’ level when at least two of the main indicators are going in the wrong direction.  Individuals, families, and community groups should use this information to help inform their choices about personal and family gatherings, as well as what activities they choose to do.  To view the IDPH county-level risk map, visit the County Level Covid-19 Risk Metrics website.

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