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1,941 new cases, 21 additional deaths, 3.9 percent positivity rate - 11 counties at warning level

Friday, Jul 31, 2020

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 1,941 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 21 additional confirmed deaths.

    Cook County: 1 female 40s, 1 male 50s, 3 females 60s, 1 female 70s, 2 males 70s, 1 female 80s, 2 males 80s, 3 males 90s
    DeKalb County: 1 female 80s
    DuPage County: 1 male 70s
    Kane County: 1 male 40s, 1 female 70s
    Kendall County: 1 female 50s
    St. Clair County: 1 female 80s
    Will County: 1 female 90s

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 178,837 cases, including 7,495 deaths, in 102 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years. Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 49,782 specimens for a total of 2,699,568. The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from July 24 –July 30 is 3.9%. As of last night, 1,369 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 346 patients were in the ICU and 148 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

Following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, IDPH is now reporting both confirmed and probable cases and deaths on its website. Reporting probable cases will help show the potential burden of COVID-19 illness and efficacy of population-based non-pharmaceutical interventions. IDPH will update these data once a week.

* Press release…

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 11 counties in Illinois are considered to be at a warning level for novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). A county enters a warning level when it experiences an increase in two or more COVID-19 risk indicators from the state’s COVID-19 Resurgence Mitigation plan.

Eleven counties are currently at a warning level – Cass, Gallatin, Jackson, Jo Daviess, Johnson, Perry, Randolph, Saline, Sangamon, St. Clair, and White.

These counties saw outbreaks associated with business operations and activities posing higher risk for disease spread, including school graduation ceremonies, a rise in cases among late teens and 20s, parties and social gatherings, people going to bars, long-term care outbreaks, clusters of cases associated with restaurants and churches, and big sports events including soccer, golf, and softball tournaments. Residents of many communities are not wearing face coverings that have been proven to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Public health officials are finding that most contacts to cases are testing positive as well.

Several counties are taking swift action and implementing mitigation measures to help slow the spread of the virus. Examples include the mayor of Springfield requiring bar employees to wear masks or be subject to fines, Perry County hospitals and nursing homes temporarily suspending visitors, and the state’s attorney in Jackson County allowing the local food ordinance to be used to enforce COVID-19 guidance at restaurants and bars.

IDPH uses numerous indicators when determining if a county is experiencing stable COVID-19 activity, or if there are warning signs of increased COVID-19 risk in the county.

    New cases per 100,000 people. If there are more than 50 new cases per 100,000 people in the county, this triggers a warning.
    Number of deaths. This metric indicates a warning when the weekly number of deaths increases more than 20% for two consecutive weeks.
    Weekly test positivity. This metric indicates a warning when the 7-day test positivity rate rises above 8%.
    ICU availability. If there are fewer than 20% of intensive care units available in the region, this triggers a warning.
    Weekly emergency department visits. This metric indicates a warning when the weekly percent of COVID-19-like-illness emergency department visits increase 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 perform. This metric is used to provide context and indicate if more testing is needed in the county.
    Clusters. This metric looks at the percent of COVID-19 cases associated with clusters or outbreaks and is used to understand large increase in cases.

These metrics are intended to be used for local level awareness to help local leaders, businesses, local health departments, and the public make informed decisions about personal and family gatherings, as well as what activities they choose to do. The metrics are updated weekly, with data from the Sunday-Saturday of the prior week.

A map and information of each county’s status can be found on the IDPH website at https://www.dph.illinois.gov/countymetrics.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

11 Comments »
  1. - Southern Skeptic - Friday, Jul 31, 20 @ 1:55 pm:

    Not. Good. Given how bad our neighbors are I guess this was inevitable.


  2. - Thomas Paine - Friday, Jul 31, 20 @ 2:04 pm:

    Cases have tripled in three weeks, and keep in mind the testing delays mean some of these tests could have been a week ago.

    If IDPH says we are still reaching 90 percent of contacts in 24 hours, we should demand to see the data.

    IDPH did not talk to 20,000 people today.


  3. - AndyIllini - Friday, Jul 31, 20 @ 2:05 pm:

    St. Clair has been the biggest driver of the much discussed metro-east spike. Not that the other counties are doing way better, just a little less bad.


  4. - Huh? - Friday, Jul 31, 20 @ 2:28 pm:

    I’m staying home.


  5. - Mr. Hand - Friday, Jul 31, 20 @ 2:29 pm:

    So, if a county gets to a point where they do not meet established criteria, does the county shutdown or does the entire region shutdown?


  6. - Sonny - Friday, Jul 31, 20 @ 2:45 pm:

    We are warning and sleepwalking our way back into a disaster. One more dailiy stern statement from JB is not going to hack it. Where are the creative, smart solutions?


  7. - lake county democrat - Friday, Jul 31, 20 @ 2:51 pm:

    We might follow Miami’s lead…https://www.businessinsider.com/miami-issue-fine-for-not-wearing-mask-in-public-2020-6


  8. - NATTY BOY - Friday, Jul 31, 20 @ 3:39 pm:

    Almost 2,000 more cases? Not good kids. I guess now we’re turning into North Florida. How many new cases before we take a step back?


  9. - Club J - Friday, Jul 31, 20 @ 3:58 pm:

    It sure seems like here in Sangamon County we are heading backwards. It’s pretty scary and school hasn’t even started yet. It seems a lot of businesses are going to hurt if we go back to outdoor dining and curbside pick up only.


  10. - CardsFan - Friday, Jul 31, 20 @ 4:13 pm:

    - It sure seems like here in Sangamon County we are heading backwards. -

    I agree. If you remember, the mayor was out and about at the bars downtown over St. Patrick’s Day, the same weekend the Gov suggested people stay home if they could. So, I don’t think Spfld/Sang Co has ever had the best “lead by example” leadership. From what I have seen when driving by restaurants with outdoor dining in Spfld, they are not seating people 6 people apart and customer’s aren’t wearing masks. But when we have to roll back into Phase 3, everyone will blame the Gov instead of taking responsibility for their part in the rollback.


  11. - UIS - Friday, Jul 31, 20 @ 4:42 pm:

    My son attends UIS and move in is staggered starting on 8/17. What will happen when the college kids are back…


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