McHENRY COUNTY, Ill. – McHenry County entered the warning level for COVID-19 after an increase in test positivity rate.
The increase in case rates and test positive that prompted the change occurred between October 4 and October 10.
There were 102 new cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 people reported during that period, an increase from 63 new cases last week. The target established by Illinois is less than 50 cases per 100,000 population per week.
During that week, the test positivity rate rose to 8.6% from 6.9%. The state determines entry level warnings if a province’s 7-day positivity rate rises above 8%.
“We are seeing cases in residents aged 45-79 rising at a faster rate than other groups,” said Public Health Administrator Melissa Adamson. “As family and friends begin to plan holiday get-togethers, we need to stay vigilant and continue to wear masks and limit our close contact with anyone living outside our home, even the individual is a relative. “
On Friday, the state reported the highest daily total of 4,554 new cases and 38 additional deaths.
“Yes I am deeply concerned, let me be clear,”; Governor Pritzker said. “We’re in a new wave here.”
If things continue in the wrong direction, the state could impose mitigation measures on restaurants and bars earlier next week.
“If it doesn’t work, it will kill us,” said Bold American Fare head chef Mat Lucas. “We have a small dining room where we can only sit at the seven tables we are sitting on now. That will not work for us in the winter. ”
If Region 9 finds three or more consecutive days above the 8 percent positive rate, the restrictions are more stringent. This means no service at the indoor bar or diner, outdoor seating by reservation only, with a closing time of 11 pm Gatherings are limited to 25 people or less.
Click here to see the county’s COVID-19 dashboard.
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