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Again, you can’t game your way out of this

Tuesday, Oct 13, 2020

* Remember this statement by DeWitt/Piatt Bi-County Health Department Director Dave Remmert last week?

This weekend’s mobile COVID testing site should help DeWitt County increase testing and allow the County to come off the Governor’s COVID warning list.

* Welp

95 samples were taken over the weekend at the mobile testing unit at the DeWitt/Piatt Bi-County Health Department location on Revere Road in Clinton.

Results from those tests are not in yet however, the health department is reporting a large spike in cases, including multiple positive tests at Liberty Village in Clinton.

Monday, the health department reported 11 new cases in Clinton and four new cases in Piatt County, with three in Monticello and one in Mansfield. Sunday the Health Department did not issue a report. Saturday there were four new DeWitt County cases reported, all in Clinton, while there were three new Piatt County cases with three in Monticello and one each in Bement and Hammond.

Friday the health department reported three new cases in DeWitt County, all in Clinton. Piatt County reported four new cases with two in La Place and one each in Cerro Gordo and Monticello.

Thursday there were 34 new cases reported in Clinton and the health department described them as, quote - “outbreak-related”. There was also a new case in Weldon.

* Related…

* Winnebago County Board chairman candidate on COVID-19 quarantine: “It’s tough,” Chiarelli said. “I’ve been really careful going out, but during a campaign you meet a lot of people. You’re masked up, but you’re going places. At that time, that week, the restaurants and facilities were still open.”

* Rockford Superintendent Ehren Jarrett quarantining after family member tests positive for COVID-19: Earlier on Monday, Jarrett released a statement to district families and staff assuring them that schools are doing an excellent job of preventing the spread of the virus, which has infected 7,458 and killed 160 people in Winnebago County since March.

* Pop-up free COVID-19 testing site opens at DeKalb High School as IDPH releases Monday data: Coming off its biggest single-day increase on Friday, the DeKalb County Health Department did not update its website with new information on Monday. New updated COVID-19 cases are expected Tuesday.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

12 Comments »
  1. - @misterjayem - Tuesday, Oct 13, 20 @ 10:28 am:

    You can fool yourself, but you can’t fool the virus.

    – MrJM


  2. - Plano Not Oswego - Tuesday, Oct 13, 20 @ 10:36 am:

    New Jersey now going to allow indoor sports. What say you,Governor?


  3. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Oct 13, 20 @ 10:37 am:

    === What say you,Governor?===

    “We’re not New Jersey”?

    Anything else?


  4. - IlliniSpartan - Tuesday, Oct 13, 20 @ 10:44 am:

    “Everything is legal in New Jersey…”
    -Hamilton (the musical)


  5. - Flyin' Elvis'-Utah Chapter - Tuesday, Oct 13, 20 @ 11:03 am:

    If I understood their premise, the only way to decrease positivity was for negative tests to greatly increase, while positive tests to remain relatively stable?

    In order for that premise to work don’t you have to believe there isn’t that many residents in your county who are positive? Again believing this is just a metropolitan problem?


  6. - ChrisB - Tuesday, Oct 13, 20 @ 11:07 am:

    I mean, you could still game the system, but it would require moving past testing only people with symptoms or exposures, and proactively testing everyone, repeatedly. Like, on the scale of everyone, every week. Do that for two months and we stop this silly treadmill we’ve been running since March.

    Right now, there is a self-selection issue, where you are theoretically getting a higher rate than what is probably in the population. At the same time, increased testing is uncovering more untraced cases, which is temporarily increasing the positivity rate.

    This is a good thing though. The more we test, the more we find, and the better job we can do to stop the spread. I don’t see the downside of govt officials accidentally finding more cases with increased testing. Everyone should be more proactive about testing, no matter what your motivations are.


  7. - Candy Dogood - Tuesday, Oct 13, 20 @ 11:24 am:

    ===New Jersey now going to allow indoor sports. ===

    When we get those rural counties down to New Jersey transmission rates.


  8. - Rich Miller - Tuesday, Oct 13, 20 @ 11:28 am:

    ===and proactively testing everyone, repeatedly===

    Nope. As I explained last week, that won’t be allowed to game the system https://capitolfax.com/2020/10/09/once-again-for-the-people-in-the-back-gaming-the-system-will-not-work/


  9. - Dotnonymous - Tuesday, Oct 13, 20 @ 12:14 pm:

    Only fools believe they can fool Mother Nature.


  10. - Froganon - Tuesday, Oct 13, 20 @ 12:45 pm:

    Forget those stupid tests. We’re so done with Covid and if we really, really, really and truly believe it is gone…it will be gone. Then, we use our magic beans and play indoor sports and drink our local businesses dry. Everything will go back to the way we think it used to be. /s


  11. - Ray - Tuesday, Oct 13, 20 @ 3:08 pm:

    SecDef Mattis liked to say, in war planning, “the enemy gets a vote.”

    In the pandemic, the virus gets a vote.


  12. - Anon221 - Tuesday, Oct 13, 20 @ 4:33 pm:

    More information on the Liberty Village outbreak in Clinton- https://dewittdailynews.com/local-news/534961?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=facebook


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