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Coronavirus

Grundy County provides COVID-19 update

County currently following 391 active cases and their close contacts

The Grundy County Health Department is currently following 391 positive COVID-19 cases and their close contacts.
The Grundy County Health Department is currently following 391 positive COVID-19 cases and their close contacts.

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MORRIS – The Grundy County Health Department provides information Friday in a press release about COVID-19 cases and county metrics.

To date, the total number of positive cases in Grundy County, as processed by the Health Department, is 1,869 persons, with 12 residents who have passed away as a result of COVID-19 complications: one male in his 60s, four males in their 70s, one female in her 70s, two females in their 80s, one male in his 80s and three males in their 90s – each lived with underlying health conditions.

Presently, the Grundy County Health Department is following 391 people who have recently tested positive and are in isolation, and each of their close contacts. The Health Department continues efforts to talk with persons who have tested positive and their close contacts within 24 hours of lab notification. Often, residents learn of their lab results before the Health Department.

Residents are encouraged to follow isolation and quarantine guidelines even before hearing from the Health Department. Per CDC guidelines, persons awaiting test results should isolate and 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 & Illinois Department of Public Health websites.

Grundy County remains at an “orange” warning level this week, according to IDPH. 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. Orange indicates there are warning signs of increased COVID-19 risk in the community. Below are the updated metrics for Grundy County.

New cases per 100,000 people. If there are more than 50 new cases per 100,000 people in the county, a warning is triggered. In the past week, there were 979 new cases per 100,000 people in Grundy County, up from 732 the previous week.

Number of deaths. This metric indicates a warning when the weekly number of deaths increases by more than 20% for two consecutive weeks. In the past week, there were two deaths in Grundy County, up from one the previous week..

Weekly test positivity. This metric indicates a warning when the seven-day test positivity rate rises above 8%. In the past week, the positivity rate in Grundy County was 26.2%, up from 19.6% 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, 2,005 tests were performed in Grundy County, up from 1,898 the previous week.

Weekly emergency department visits. This metric indicates a warning when the weekly percent of emergency department visits for COVID-19-like illness increases by more than 20% for two consecutive weeks. In the past week, 13.2% of the emergency department visits in Grundy County were for COVID-19-like illness, up from 9.5% the previous week.

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. The weekly hospital admissions in Grundy County were seven after being fewer than five for 16 straight weeks.

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, 0.4% of the cases in Grundy County were associated with clusters, up from 0.3% the previous week.

Intensive care unit bed availability. If fewer than 20% of ICU beds are available in the region, this triggers a warning. In the past week, 31.8% of Grundy County's ICU beds were available, down from 37.2% the previous week.

Effective today, all of Illinois is in Tier 3 Mitigation from the State of Illinois. Details about Tier 3 can be found at the IDPH website.

Friday’s published data available through IDPH for our Region 2 is through Nov. 17, showing a 7-day rolling average positivity rate of 16.6%. The rate on Nov. 10 was 15.6%, Nov. 3 was 10.7%, Oct. 27 was 8.5% and Oct. 19 was 7.1%.

Residents may also consult the Grundy County Health Department or IDPH websites for Regional and County-specific data to monitor trends. Previously reported data is subject to change as databases are reconciled.

The Grundy County Health Department website has recently been updated to include resources related to data, guidance, symptoms and testing. Visuals depicting test and case data is available and will be updated regularly.

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 in the next few days 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.

Sunday, Nov. 22: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Minooka Community High School South Campus, 26655 W. Eames Street in Channahon.

Daily (Sun – Sat): CLOSED ON THANKSGIVING 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Mission Boulevard Soccer Complex, 640 Mission Blvd. in Joliet.

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