Illinois warns of 20 counties at warning levels for COVID-19

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WTWO, WAWV) – Twenty counties in Illinois are considered to be at a warning level for COVID-19 activity, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). A county enters a warning level when two or more risk indicators that measure the amount of COVID-19 increase.

The counties are scattered throughout the state, with a preponderance — 10 — in Southern Illinois, with many of those near the Missouri border.

IDPH uses several 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. Among those are examinations of weekly numbers — cases per 100,000 people, test positivity, hospital admissions and deaths. The state also considers clusters of cases and the availability of intensive care units in hospitals.

Counties currently reported at a warning level are Bureau, Cass, Clay, Clinton, Franklin, Greene, Grundy, Hancock, Henderson, Jefferson, Logan, Madison, Monroe, Moultrie, Randolph, St. Clair, Union, White, Will, and Williamson.

By contrast, the counties closest to Terre Haute, Clark and Edgar, are predominantly meeting target numbers that state officials would prefer to see, though Clark is at the warning level by currently seeing 83 new cases per 100,000 population. The target is 50 cases per 100,000 people; Edgar County, on the other hand, saw only seven new cases per 100,000 citizens. Neither county experience a caronavirus-related death in the past week.

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

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