COVID-19 in Illinois: Clark County no longer at warning level for virus risk

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SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health on Friday announced 1,532 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease throughout the state, including 19 additional confirmed deaths.

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 168,457 cases, including 7,385 deaths. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years. 

Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 44,330 specimens for a total of 2,432,523. 

The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from July 17 –July 23 is 3.4%. 

As of Thursday night, 1,471 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19, including two people in Edgar County

Of those hospitalized, 325 patients were in the ICU and 115 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

A seven-day rolling average of the East Central Region shows the positivity rate has increased each day. Hospital admissions increased two days during the same 7-day period.

Clark County is no longer considered to be at a warning level for coronavirus risk; however, four new counties are now considered to be at warning level: Adams, LaSalle, Peoria and Randolph.

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 50 or more new cases per 100,000 people in the county, this triggers a warning.
• Number of deaths.  This metric indicates a warning when the 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, from the Sunday-Saturday of the prior week.  

For health questions about COVID-19, call the hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email dph.sick@illinois.gov.

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

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