IDPH Update, Local Testing Numbers, Weekend Summary - 7/26/2020
January 22, 2021

DeWitt/Piatt Testing Update: 7/24/2020

Total Tested:     4517

DeWitt:              1513: 1489 Not Detected, 0 Pending, 21 Recovered, 3 Positive.  Current Hospitalizations: 0, Total Hospitalizations: 1

Piatt:                  3004: 2973 Not Detected, 0 Pending, 25 Recovered, 6 Positive.  Current Hospitalizations: 0, Total Hospitalizations: 0


DeWitt had no new cases reported on the 24th.


Piatt has one new case that reported on the 24th. 22 year old female living in Bement and isolating at home with minimal symptoms. Close contacts are on quarantine and being monitored by the health department.  


IDPH Update:  July 25, 2020


Public Health Officials Announce 1,426 New Confirmed Cases of Coronavirus Disease


SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 1,426 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 12 additional confirmed deaths.


  • Boone County: 1 male 70s
  • Cook County: 3 females 60s, 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s
  • Cumberland County: 1 female 100+
  • DuPage County: 1 female 80s
  • Kane County: 1 female 30s
  • Lake County: 1 female 70s
  • St. Clair County: 1 female 70s


Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 169,883 cases, including 7,397 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 38,200 specimens for a total of 2,470,723.  The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from July 18 –July 24 is 3.6%.  As of last night, 1,438 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19.  Of those, 341 patients were in the ICU and 110 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.  Information for a death 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.


The graph below provides an overview of the numbers of deaths through 7/21 statewide, reflecting a trend toward lower death rates overall.





Weekend Summary:


For the week ending 7/24/2020, 655 COVID-19 tests of DeWitt and Piatt residents were processed (171 in DeWitt/484 in Piatt) with 10 new cases detected (4 in DeWitt/6 in Piatt), yielding a positivity rate of 1.53% (2.34% in DeWitt and 1.24% in Piatt).


We have had no new COVID-19 hospitalizations during the week nor any related deaths. 


County specific metrics are located at http://www.dph.illinois.gov/countymetrics and continue to indicate BLUE (the counties are experiencing overall stable COVID-19 metrics.)


Area schools have been in contact with our agency to discuss back to school plans and we provide feedback upon request.  Some important considerations from the CDC were released on July 23, 2020, “The Importance of Reopening America’s Schools this Fall.”  In this document, it was noted


“The best available evidence indicates if children become infected, they are far less likely to suffer severe symptoms…. COVID-19 poses relatively low risks to school-aged children….. children and adolescents under 18 years old account for under 7 percent of COVID-19 cases and less than .1 percent of COVID-19-related deaths.  Although relatively rare, flu-related deaths in children occur every year.  From 2004-2005 to 2018-2019, flu-related deaths in children reported to CDC during regular flu seasons ranged from 37-187 deaths.  During the H1N1 pandemic (April 15, 2009 to October 2, 2010), 358 pediatric deaths were reported to CDC.  So far in this pandemic, deaths of children are less than in each of the last five flu seasons, with only 64.”  These are nationwide statistics.


The source further noted, “Scientific studies suggest that COVID-19 transmission among children in schools may be low…. Based on current data, the rate of infection among younger school children, and from students to teachers, has been low, especially if proper precautions are followed.  There have also been few reports of children being the primary source of COVID-19 transmission among family members.  This is consistent with data from both virus and antibody testing suggesting that children are not the primary drivers of COVID-19 spread in schools or in the community.” https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/reopening-schools.html