DuPage County warns of virus as officials investigate bachelor party, youth sports

Officials said new cases of COVID-19 crossed 2,000 Friday for the first time since Saturday, reaching 2,145 after 32 people died of respiratory disease.

The latest data landed a list of 30 counties in DuPage County, showing signs of a virus increase.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported that DuPage County has 89 COVID-19 infections per 100,000 people – at a target of 50 – and reflects an increased mortality rate rather than remaining stable or decreasing. Six people died of the virus in DuPage on August 30 and September 5, compared to four from August 23 to 29.

“These increases tell us that many people are not following public health guidelines. We all need to be taken seriously,” said Karen Ayala, executive director of DuPage County Health Department. She encouraged residents to wear masks, social-distance and wash their hands frequently.

The health department is investigating nine virus outbreaks originating from a bachelor party, youth sports and workplaces. Nine out of 18 outbreaks in DuPage County occurred in nursing homes.

If a county travels two or more metrics, it will trigger an alert, intended to inform residents and encourage local leaders to follow the trend.

As of September 5, suburban Cook, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will counties are on alert for just one metric high virus case per 100,000 people.

Illinois’ seven-day virus test positivity rate is 3.9%. Labs reported that 55,661 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours and the daily positivity rate is 3.8%.

In a news conference about unemployment insurance problems, St. Charles state Sen. Don Dett said, “We’re six months, almost seven months into this epidemic and things have yet to improve with the Illinois Department of Employment Security. A new one.” Callback system. Purchased to the tune of $ 22 million, is running in a state of laxity. Callbacks are either not happening or are not happening weeks. “

Gilbert resident Sue Sloan, who lost her part-time job at a fitness center due to the epidemic, said IDES is now harassing her to return the $ 6,700 she received in unemployment benefits.

“I’ve been in a panic,” Sloan said, receiving three letters stating that she was not eligible for benefits. “There was no explanation … it’s been a nightmare. I’ve done what IDES asked me to do.”

At a briefing on Friday, Gov. JB Pritzker announced a $ 16.6 million job program, which worked with federal funds to train Illinois, who have lost their jobs to epidemic-related new positions such as contact tracing.

Pritzker said the lack of a national strategy such as applying masks across America is affecting Illinois, which requires public face coverings.

“I just looked at Iowa and Missouri – they are literally double, almost three times our positivity. They are on our border and people are crossing that boundary both ways, all the time,” he said. Neither state has masked governance.

“I am very prayerful and hopeful that we will see a vaccine soon. I hope the trajectory will change here … but we are never going to be able to recover the economy that we once had until our Don’t have a true national. Leadership over it, “said Pritzkar.

The number of patients at Illinois hospitals as of Thursday night was 1,619, at a seven-day average of 1,550.

The total infection statewide trend is 257,788 with 8,273 deaths, IDPH has declared.

Will and Kankakee counties (Illinois making public health zone 7) are still showing positive rates above 6.5%, the level required to lift state restrictions such as a ban on indoor food, IDPH data showed on Friday.

29 other counties are outside the metro area with DuPage on the warning list.