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Coronavirus

Grundy County provides COVID-19 update

County remains in 'blue' status; following 105 ill and in isolation

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MORRIS – The Grundy County Health Department provides information about cases and county metrics.

To date, the total number of positive cases in Grundy is 823 persons, with seven residents who have passed away as a result of COVID-19 complications: one male in his 60s, one male in his 70s, two females in their 80s, one male in his 80s and two males in their 90s – each lived with underlying health conditions.

Presently, the Grundy County Health Department is following 105 people who are currently ill and in isolation, and each of their close contacts. Per CDC guidelines, close contacts of positive cases should quarantine for 14 days since the last encounter with the sick individual. More information about isolation and quarantine can be found on the CDC website.

Grundy County remains at the “blue” level this week, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health. Blue indicates that the county is experiencing overall stable COVID-19 metrics.

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 more than 50 new cases per 100,000 people in the county, this triggers a warning. In the past week, Grundy County had 126 new cases per 100,000 people, up from 96 the previous week.

• Number of deaths: This metric indicates a warning when the weekly number of deaths increases more than 20% for two consecutive weeks. In the past week, Grundy County had one death, the same number as the previous week.

• Weekly test positivity. This metric indicates a warning when the 7-day test positivity rate rises above 8%. In the past week, Grundy County's test positivity rate was 6.5%, up from 6.0% the previous week.

• Tests performed: This metric is used to provide context and indicate if more testing is needed in the county. In the past week, Grundy County performed 679 tests, up from 631 the previous week.

• 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. In the past week, Grundy County's emergency department visits for COVID-19-like-illness was 4.4%

• 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. In the past week, the number of hospital admissions for COVID-19-like-illness in Grundy County was less than five.

• 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. In the past week, Grundy County had 0.0% of its cases associated with clusters, the same as the previous week.

• ICU availability: If there are fewer than 20% of intensive care units available in the region, this triggers a warning. In the past week, the percentage of intensive care units available in Grundy County was 40.7%, down from 42.2% the previous week.

Residents may also consult the IDPH website for Regional and County-specific data to monitor trends. Regional data is updated daily and county-specific data is updated weekly. Previously reported data is subject to change as databases are reconciled.

The North-Central Region, which Grundy County is a part of, has a seemingly stable positivity rate. Today’s published data is through October 12, showing a positivity rate of 5.6%. The rate on October 5 was 5.2%, September 28 was 5.2% and September 21 was 5.4%.

To date, the lowest published rate for the North-Central Region was 2.5% on June 26. The highest published rate was 7.7% on September 2. This rate is important because if the region reaches 8.0% for three consecutive days, additional restrictions will be imposed upon our region through the State of Illinois.

Testing is available throughout the county through local hospital systems, and protocol at each location is subject to change based on availability of resources. Mobile testing units as organized by IDPH are also available throughout the region. Residents seeking testing this weekend may consider visiting the mobile units, listed below. Testing is free and will be offered to anyone –regardless of symptoms or asymptomatic – by way of a nasal swab. Results will be available 4-7 days after specimen collection. Residents of any county are invited to the sites.

There will be a mobile site at Peotone High School, 605 W. North St. in Peotone, on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

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