January 16, 2021
DeWitt County No Longer on Warning List for Coronavirus
In a media release announced earlier, DeWitt County no longer is found on the state warning list for the Coronavirus.
"The metrics that make up the warning list, such things as Incidence Rate, Positivity Rate, Number of Tests Processed per week, Hospitalizations, Deaths and so forth were strong enough for area residents to not trigger warning list designation," said David Remmert the DeWitt/Piatt Bi-County Health Department Director, "our number of tests processed last week nearly doubled thanks in large measure to the work of the John Warner Hospital to escalate their testing availability."
County metrics could slip back at any time, however, as the county still struggles with a spike in case numbers. According to Remmert, the community is dealing with a very high incidence rate for the disease, nearly 3 times the goal set by IDPH. "We have to be cautious and we need to continue to focus on those important safeguards of washing hands frequently, watching your distance, and wearing a mask while in public. We are relying very heavily on area residents to do their part to stem the rise in case numbers," Remmert said. If the Regional area falls in these important metrics, it would trigger a return to potentially Phase 3 Mitigation which would involve limits on dining, and reduction of crowd sizes to what they were earlier in the pandemic.
To assist with improving testing numbers, the Health Department, has brought in a mobile testing clinic sponsored by IDPH. This clinic offers free testing to all, regardless of symptoms. It involves a simple nasal swab and test results should be known within 4 to 7 days. The Mobile unit will be parked October 10 and 11 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Health Department offices located at 5924 Revere Road, Clinton, IL.