IDPH Update and Local Testing Numbers: 8/27/2020
December 02, 2020
DeWitt/Piatt Testing Update: 



DeWitt: 1 new case in Wapella.

Piatt: 6 new cases. 4 in Monticello. 1 in Mansfield. 1 in Bement.

Cases have mild s/s or are asymptomatic.



1 male in his teens

1 female in her 20s

1 male and 1 female in their 30’s

2 females in their 40’s

1 male in his 50’s


1 previously reported case for Piatt County, on 8/19/2020, was transferred to the correct jurisdiction and will be removed from the total cases for Piatt County.


Contact tracing is not initiated without a CONFIRMED CASE of COVID-19.


There are 40 cases total in DeWitt Co, and 81 cases total in Piatt Co. We have had a total of 121 cases in our two-county jurisdiction.


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




IDPH Update: 8/28/2020



Public Health Officials Announce 2,149 New Confirmed Cases of Coronavirus Disease


SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 2,149 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 20 additional confirmed deaths.


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

- DeKalb County: 1 male 70s, 1 male 80s

- Douglas County: 1 male 90s

- Greene County: 1 female 70s

- Iroquois County: 1 female 80s

- Jefferson County: 1 female 90s

- Jersey County: 1 female 70s, 1 female 80s

- Lake County: 1 male 20s

- Richland County: 1 male 90s

- Rock Island County: 1 male 80s

- Union County: 1 male 50s

- Will County: 1 female 70s

- Williamson County: 1 female 70s


Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 229,483 cases, including 7,997 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 48,383 specimens for a total of 3,924,305. The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from August 21 – August 27 is 4.1%. As of last night, 1,546 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID- 19. Of those, 352 patients were in the ICU and 132 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.




30 Illinois Counties at Warning Level for Coronavirus Disease


Number of counties increases by 10


SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 30 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.


Thirty counties are currently reported at a warning level – Bureau, Carroll, Cass, Clinton, Cook, Cumberland, Effingham, Fayette, Greene, Grundy, Henderson, Henry, Jasper, Jersey, Jo Daviess, Johnson, Madison, Monroe, Morgan, Perry, Pike, Randolph, Sangamon, Shelby, St. Clair, Union, Warren, White, Will, and Williamson.


Although the reasons for counties reaching a warning level varies, some of the common factors for an increase in cases and outbreaks are associated with weddings, large gatherings, long-term care facilities and other congregate settings, travel to neighboring states, bars, and spread among members of the same household who are not isolating at home. Cases connected to schools are beginning to be reported. General transmission of the virus in the community is also increasing.


Public health officials are observing people not social distancing, gathering in large groups, and not using face coverings. In some counties, local law enforcement and states’ attorneys are not enforcing important mitigation measures like social distancing and the wearing of face coverings.


Several counties are taking swift action and implementing mitigation measures to help slow spread of the virus, including increasing testing opportunities, working with schools, meeting with local leaders, and educating businesses and large venues about the importance of mitigation measures.


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. A county is considered at the warning level when at least two of the following metrics triggers a warning.

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