Thirty counties in Illinois are now at “warning levels” for coronovirus, the state’s health department said on Friday.
The warning means that each counties has seen an increase in two or more COVID-19 “risk indicators”, the Department of Health said.
Counties now under a warning include: Bond, Bureau, Cass, Clinton, Coles, Crawford, DeKalb, DuPage, Effingham, Green, Grundy, Hancock, Henderson, Jackson, Jasper, Jersey, Lawrence, Madison, McLean, Monroe, Morgan, Morgan Pulaski, Schuyler, Shelby, Stark, St. Clair, Tazewell, Sindoor, Washington, Williamson.
Last week, 29 counties were at the “warning level”.
“Public health officials are looking for social disturbances, gathering people in large groups and not using face covering,” the Illinois Department of Public Health said in a statement. “In some counties, local law enforcement and state attorneys are not implementing significant mitigation measures such as social disturbances and face covering.”
“Additionally, some people refuse to participate in contact tracing and are not informed of close contacts or are not answering the phone. Also waiting to test in person that they are allergic to symptoms Or there are some other reasons, “IDPH continued.
Some common factors for the increase in cases, health officials said, were “college parties, weddings, large gatherings, bars and clubs, long-term care facilities and other collective settings, travel to neighboring states, and spread among members of the same Gies that are not isolated at home. “Some cases were also related to schools, and officials said” normal transmission of the virus “was also increasing.
Among the metrics to evaluate if a county has reached the “warning level” are:
• New cases per 100,000 people. If the county has 50 or more new cases per 100,000 people, it triggers a warning.
• Number of deaths. This metric indicates a warning when the number of deaths increases by more than 20% for two consecutive weeks.
• Weekly test positivity. This metric indicates an alert when the 7-day test positivity rate exceeds 8%.
• ICU availability. If less than 20% of intensive care units are available in the area, it triggers a warning.
• Weekly emergency department visit This metric indicates a warning when the weekly percentage of an emergency department with a disease like COVID-19 rises by more than 20% for a few consecutive weeks.
• Weekly hospital admission. When the number of hospitalizations for a disease like COVID-19 increases by more than 20% for two consecutive weeks, a warning begins.
• Perform the test. This metric is used to provide context and indicate whether more testing is required in the county.
• Cluster. This metric looks at the percentage of COVID-19 cases associated with groups or outbreaks and is used to understand the large increase in cases.
Last month, new restrictions to slow the spread of coronovirus took effect in two suburban counties, making it one of 11 health care areas in Illinois. Those counties include the counties of Kanke and Will in Region 7, which saw a rolling positivity of 8% or more for three consecutive days, automatically triggering new restrictions.
Those restrictions include stopping indoor food and service at the bar, with all outdoor service required to close at 11 pm at the bar and restaurant, now limited to 25 guests or less than 25% of the overall capacity of a room, And the party buses are to stop.
Similar restrictions were imposed last month in Metro Eastern Region 4, based on its high positivity rate in testing.
Illinois has reported 2,145 new coronovirus cases as the state’s positivity rate has increased slightly, but remains below 4%.