IDPH Update and Local Testing Numbers: 10/26/2020
December 02, 2020

DeWitt/Piatt Testing Numbers:


10/23/2020 Friday

DeWitt: 3 new cases in Clinton. 2 new cases in Wapella. 1 new case in De Witt. 1 new case in Heyworth

Piatt: 6 new cases in Monticello. 2 new cases in Cerro Gordo. 3 new cases in Atwood. 1 new case in White Heath.


10/24/2020 Saturday

DeWitt: 1 new case in Weldon.

Piatt: No new cases.

(technical issues interfered with case reporting on Saturday)


10/25/2020 Sunday

DeWitt: 3 new cases in Clinton. 3 new cases in Wapella. 2 new cases in Weldon.1 new case in De Witt. 1 new case in Farmer city. 1 new cases in Kenney.

Piatt: 4 new cases in Atwood. 2 new cases in Monticello. 2 new cases in Cerro Gordo. 1 new case in Mansfield. 1 new case in White Heath.


With these additional cases, DeWitt County has had 334 cases total; Piatt County has had 267 cases total.


We continue to receive complaints about our data reports.  The daily reports you'll see at IDPH and our reports will be noticeably different.  As of today's date, IDPH is reporting 264 cases in DeWitt and 254 cases in Piatt.  The difference you see is a lag in data reporting from area providers.  The state operates with a disease reporting system called the Illinois National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (INEDSS) in which all disease cases are to be reported.  Not all providers, clinics, labs report their data in this system in a timely routine fashion.  In order for us to give you the most comprehensive and detailed data we do, we have to work through multiple providers and multiple sources of data from ALL providers in our area that report to us.  It is an especially burdensome task.  We have multiple staff working 7 days per week now focused on many tasks related to COVID, not just public reporting. We will continue to provide the most comprehensive data we possibly can, but it will be generally 2-3 days per week.  Please be understanding and patient.  In the meantime, understand that cases are spiking locally, statewide, and nationally. Please take necessary precautions and assume that those you come in contact with may be potentially infectious.


Also, we have received some complaints in recent days from area parents of school-aged children related to concerns over why contact tracing hasn't started.  While some parents may have received notification of a positive (or negative) test result, often we are not notified of that disease status until several days later.  We will not begin case investigation and contact tracing until we receive confirmatory notification from the clinic, lab, or provider that processed the test.  We recently discovered that an area student tested positive on Monday and we didn't receive the case report from the lab until the following Sunday. 


Thank you!


IDPH Update:  10/26/20


Public Health Officials Announce 4,729 New Confirmed Cases of Coronavirus Disease


SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 4,729 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 17 additional deaths.


-          Adams County: 1 female 80s

-          Cook County: 1 male 30s, 1 male 50s, 1 female 60s, 1 male 60s, 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s, 2 female 80s, 2 male 80s, 1 female 90s, 1 male 90s

-          Lake County: 1 female 90s

-          Peoria County: 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 female 90s


Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 378,985 cases, including 9,522 deaths, in 102 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years.  The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from October 19 – October 25 is 6.3%.  Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 57,264 specimens for a total 7,326,216.  As of last night, 2,638 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19.  Of those, 589 patients were in the ICU and 238 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.


*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.  Information for deaths previously reported has changed, therefore, today’s numbers have been adjusted.  For health questions about COVID-19, call the hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email dph.sick@illinois.gov.