State: Metro East Region May Be Headed Toward ‘Mitigation Measures’

The Illinois Department of Public Health said Friday, August 14, that the Region 4 (Metro East) of the 11 COVID-19 Regions, which includes Washington Count, may surpass state resurgence metrics “in the coming days.”

“Region 4 is seeing increases in test positivity rates and could surpass the resurgence metrics in the coming days,” the department said in health release. “If the region experiences three consecutive days of 8 percent test positivity (7-day rolling average), the State will implement mitigation measures.”

A list of mitigation options can be found on the coronavirus.illinois.gov website. Other counties considered in the Region 4 are St. Clair, Clinton, Randolph, Madison, Monroe and Bond counties.

According to the state, Clinton County was listed as one of 14 counties that moved into the orange distinction this week. Counties that are meeting targets developed by COVID-19 mitigation experts are considered blue while those that are not are considered orange. A designation of orange is meant to prompt individuals, businesses and schools to revisit their current practices, plans and behaviors as this designation indicates the risk of transmission of COVID-19 is higher than in other areas of the state and higher than it has been in our area previously.

IDPH County Metrics as of Aug. 14

The Clinton County Health Department reminded citizens on Thursday to practice social distancing, wearing masks in public, avoiding large gatherings, self-monitoring for symptoms and seeking medical attention promptly when symptoms develop. Other counties in Southern Illinois on the orange list are Jefferson, Perry, Franklin and Union counties.

Washington County reached 70 total positive cases this week, including its first COVID-19-related death, according to state and local officials. According to the IDPH, there were nine new cases reported from Aug. 2 to Aug. 8, with a test positivity rate of 8.3 percent. There were 133 tests performed during that time period.

IDPH reported on Friday a total of 202,691 cases, including 7,721 deaths, in 102 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years.  Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 49,541 specimens for a total of 3,285,348.  The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from August 8 – August 14 is 4.1%.  As of last night, 1,612 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19.  Of those, 345 patients were in the ICU and 126 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

Following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, IDPH is now reporting both confirmed and probable cases and deaths on its website.  Reporting probable cases will help show the potential burden of COVID-19 illness and efficacy of population-based non-pharmaceutical interventions.  IDPH will update these data once a week.

*All data are provisional and will change. In order to rapidly report COVID-19 information to the public, data are being reported in real-time. Information is constantly being entered into an electronic system and the number of cases and deaths can change as additional information is gathered.  For health questions about COVID-19, call the hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email [email protected].

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