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20 Illinois counties at COVID-19 ‘warning level’ – WSIL TV

SPRINGFIELD (WSIL) — The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) says 20 counties in the state are now at a “warning level” for COVID-19.

According to IDPH, a county enters a warning level when it experiences an increase in two or more risk indicators from the state’s COVID-19 Resurgence Mitigation plan.

The 20 counties at a warning level on Friday were:

  • Bureau
  • Cass
  • Clay
  • Clinton
  • Franklin
  • Greene
  • Grundy
  • Hancock
  • Henderson
  • Jefferson
  • Logan
  • Madison
  • Monroe
  • Moultrie
  • Randolph
  • St. Clair
  • Union
  • White
  • Will
  • Williamson

This is the second week in a row that Franklin and Jefferson counties have appeared on the IDPH’s warning level list. It’s the third week in a row for Union County.

“These counties saw cases or outbreaks associated with weddings, businesses, neighborhood gatherings, parties, long-term care facilities and other congregate settings, travel to neighboring states, bars, sports camps, and spread among members of the same household who are not isolating at home. Cases connected to schools are also beginning to be reported.

Public health officials are observing people not social distancing or using face coverings. Additionally, there are reports of individuals who are ill attributing their symptoms to allergies or other illnesses, or not being forthcoming about their symptoms or close contacts,” said a release Friday from the Illinois Department of Public Health.

IDPH uses several factors when deciding if a county has stable COVID-19 activity or if there are warning signs of increased risk.

• 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.

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

On Friday, IDPH announced 2,208 new cases of COVID-19, including 24 additional confirmed deaths.

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 215,929 cases, including 7,857 deaths, in Illinois.

The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases for August 14 – August 20 is 4.3%.

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Most California counties don’t meet reopening requirements – Los Angeles Times

Most big California counties are not close to meeting Gov. Gavin Newsom’s strict standards that would allow a wider reopening of the economy, including dine-in restaurants and shopping malls, a Times data analysis found.

Newsom announced Thursday a series of benchmarks each of California’s 58 counties would need to reach to significantly reopen faster than the statewide standard. Can the county show that people have stopped dying from the coronavirus? Have new cases fallen to a manageable level? Can officials adequately test people? Do they have enough detectives to track down newly infected people? And do they have enough medical supplies?

The Times conducted an analysis to see which counties could pass just the first two criteria — whether deaths have stopped in the past 14 days, and whether there is no more than one case per 10,000 residents in that same time period. Most of California failed that test.

In fact, 95% of Californians live in counties that don’t meet that standard, The Times analysis found. Not a single county in Southern California nor the San Francisco Bay Area met the criteria.

The 24 counties that did meet the criteria, for the two-week period that ended on Thursday, are all in Northern California and most are sparsely populated.

The three largest counties meeting both criteria are Placer County, population 380,000, northeast of Sacramento; Santa Cruz County, population 274,000, south of San Jose; and Butte County, population 227,000, in the foothills of the northern Sierra Nevada.

With the exception of Santa Cruz County, all 24 counties are located north of the San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento and the Yosemite Valley.

Only 2 million of California’s 39.1 million residents live in these counties.

The failure of most California counties to meet the criteria demonstrates just how persistent the coronavirus is in the Golden State’s most populous areas. The Times analysis found that 92% of Californians live in counties that in the last two weeks have recorded at least one death from COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.

Los Angeles County, California’s most populous and home to one-quarter of the state’s population, has suffered the highest death toll of any county for the last two weeks. Its 622 deaths were 61% of all the deaths recorded in California from COVID-19 during that time period. On Friday, officials announced another 51 deaths.

On Friday, the county’s public health director, Barbara Ferrer, acknowledged that it is going to take time for big counties like Los Angeles to reach Newsom’s criteria of no deaths, especially compared to smaller regions that have not been as hard hit. But she said it was also essential that areas where coronavirus was spreading not relax the stay-at-home rules too quickly.

Riverside County comes up second, recording 92 fatalities in the past two weeks. Riverside County’s health officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser has been locked in a contentious standoff with some members of the county Board of Supervisors who are demanding he rescind orders requiring people to wear facial coverings in public and stay at least six feet away from others.

Nine other counties had death toll in the double digits over the last two weeks: San Diego County, with 65; Santa Clara County, 32; Orange County, 30; San Bernardino County, 31; Alameda County, 21; San Mateo County, 17; Tulare County, 18; Stanislaus County, 14; and San Francisco, 11. In all, there were 26 counties that have reported at least one death in the past two weeks, in counties home to 36 million people.

Eight counties — with a combined population of 1 million — have met the standard of no deaths in the last two weeks, but have rates of new cases higher than the state’s cutoff for a speedier reopening. The worst hit county in this category is Kings County in the San Joaquin Valley, with 13 new cases per 10,000 residents — just above L.A. County’s rate of almost 12 cases per 10,000 residents in the past two weeks.

Kings County is the site of a large coronavirus outbreak at a meat packing plant in Hanford, where at least 138 have been infected, according to the Fresno Bee.

The others with disease rates that exceed the state standard include Mariposa County, home of Yosemite National Park, with eight new cases per 10,000 residents. Three other counties have between two and three new cases per 10,000 people: Mono County, home to the Mammoth Mountain ski area; San Luis Obispo County on the Central Coast, and Merced County in the San Joaquin Valley.

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