IDPH Update and Local Testing Numbers: 8/21/2020
December 02, 2020

DeWitt/Piatt Testing Update: 




DeWitt: no new cases.


Piatt: 1 New case. From Monticello but attending school in Mclean county and exposed to an outbreak at the school. Currently in isolation in Mclean county and had zero exposures in Piatt. Since individual's home address in Piatt, it will be counted for Piatt.


Currently, Piatt County has had 75 cases total; DeWitt County has had 38 cases total.


Neither county is under the warning level in the County Metrics found at https://www.dph.illinois.gov/countymetrics.



IDPH Update: 8/21/2020



Public Health Officials Announce 2,208 New Confirmed Cases of Coronavirus Disease

State reports more than 51,000 tests in one day


SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 2,208 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 24 additional confirmed deaths.


- Cook County: 1 male 30s, 2 males 40s, 2 female 60s, 1 male 60s, 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s,1 female 80s

- DuPage County: 1 male 50s

- Iroquois County: 1 male 80s

- Knox County: 1 female 80s

- Lake County: 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s

- LaSalle County: 1 female 70s

- Macon County: 1 female 80s

- Madison County: 1 male 60s, 1 female 90s

- Mason County: 1 male 50s

- Perry County: 1 male 90s

- Rock Island County: 1 female 80s

- Sangamon County: 1 female 90s

- Will County: 1 male 60s

- Williamson County: 1 male 70s


Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 215,929 cases, including 7,857 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 51,736 specimens for a total of 3,592,919. The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from August 14 – August 20 is 4.3%. As of last night, 1,526 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 351 patients were in the ICU and 121 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 dph.sick@illinois.gov.






20 Illinois Counties at Warning Level for Coronavirus Disease


SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 20 counties in Illinois are considered to be at a warning level for novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). A county enters a warning level when two or more COVID-19 risk indicators that measure the amount of COVID-19 increase.

Twenty counties are currently reported at a warning level – Bureau, Cass, Clay, Clinton, Franklin, Greene, Grundy, Hancock, Henderson, Jefferson, Logan, Madison, Monroe, Moultrie, Randolph, St. Clair, Union, Whiteside, Will, and Williamson.


These counties saw cases or outbreaks associated with weddings, businesses, neighborhood gatherings, parties, long-term care facilities and other congregate settings, travel to neighboring states, bars, sports camps, and spread among members of the same household who are not isolating at home. Cases connected to schools are also beginning to be reported.


Public health officials are observing people not social distancing or using face coverings. Additionally, there are reports of individuals who are ill attributing their symptoms to allergies or other illnesses, or not being forthcoming about their symptoms or close contacts.


Several counties are taking swift action and implementing mitigation measures to help slow spread of the virus, including working to increase testing in their communities and launching mask campaigns such as "Masks on Faces Keeps Places Open."


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.

  1. 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.
  2. Number of deaths. This metric indicates a warning when the weekly number of deaths increases more than 20% for two consecutive weeks.
  3. Weekly test positivity. This metric indicates a warning when the 7-day test positivity rate rises above 8%.
  4.     • ICU availability. If there are fewer than 20% of intensive care units available in the region, this triggers a warning.
  5.     • 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Tests perform. This metric is used to provide context and indicate if more testing is needed in the county.
  8. 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.


These metrics are intended to be used for local level awareness to help local leaders, businesses, local health departments, and the public make informed decisions about personal and family gatherings, as well as what activities they choose to do. The metrics are updated weekly, from the Sunday-Saturday of the prior week.


A map and information of each county’s status can be found on the IDPH website at https://www.dph.illinois.gov/countymetrics.