Eleven Illinois counties are on low alert for a spike in coronavirus cases recorded in the past few weeks.
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) said Friday that counties: Cass, Gallatin, Jackson, Jo Daviess, Johnson, Perry, Randolph, Saline, Sangamon, St. Clair and White, have recorded outbreaks associated with the reopening of businesses. and risky activities that have included:
Graduation ceremonies Increase in adolescent and youth cases Parties and social gatherings Attend bars Contagion in nursing homes and care homes Go to restaurants without a mouthpiece and no physical distance Religious services Sports events, including soccer, golf and softball tournaments.
IDPH uses the following indicators to determine if a county is stable or showing warning signs:
• New cases for every 100,000 people. If there are 50 or more new cases for every 100,000 people in the county, this generates a warning.
• Number of deaths. This metric indicates a warning when the number of deaths increases more than 20% for two consecutive weeks.
• Weekly positivity test. This metric indicates a warning when the 7-day test positivity rate rises above 8%.
• UCI availability. If less than 20% of the intensive care units are available in the region, this generates a warning.
• Weekly visits to the emergency room. This metric indicates a warning when the weekly percentage of visits to the emergency department related to the COVID-19-like illness increases by more than 20% for two consecutive weeks.
• Weekly hospital admissions. A warning is triggered when the weekly number of hospital admissions for COVID-19-like illness increases by more than 20% for two consecutive weeks.
• Tests carried out. This metric is used to provide context and indicate if further testing is needed in the county.
• Clusters. This metric analyzes the percentage of COVID-19 cases associated with clusters or outbreaks and is used to understand the large increase in cases.
You can find a map and state information for each county on the IDPH website here.
“We are at a point of danger,” Governor JB Pritzker said in Peoria on Thursday, where he again warned that Illinois could reverse phase if cases continue to escalate.
Last Friday these four counties also reached alert level.
Randolph County: crowding of people in bars without observing social distancing or wearing face masks, infections after a party that was attended by more than 200 people, and infections between families.
Peoria County: increase in cases among people under 29, large gatherings including July 4th parties and people who traveled to Florida, Iowa, Texas and Wisconsin.
LaSalle County: large family and social gatherings, an increase in cases among people under 29, younger people who visit bars and attend social events, and inconsistencies in the use of face masks.
Adams County: social events and large gatherings of people, contagions from health professionals, trips to critical points, including Iowa and Missouri, churches and centers of worship and for playing youth sports.