IDPH Updates and Local Testing Numbers: 10/16/2020
January 16, 2021

DeWitt/Piatt Update: 10/16/2020


*PLEASE NOTE:  Our agency is exceptionally busy now as case numbers have risen.  Our PRIORITY goal is focused around prevention level activities centering largely around contact tracing, a best practice method to reduce the spread of infection.  For every case, there have been as many as 25 contacts that we are in touch with on a near daily basis.  We will continue to keep the public updated as often as possible, but please be patient and understand that we have 12 staff serving a two-county area and we are working with multiple organizations to provide additional guidance to mitigate the spread of the infection.  These 12 staff are not just working with COVID, but also staff our income-based Maternal and Child Health Services, our community dental clinic, immunization clinics, and our Environmental Health inspection services. These are often mandated services or are otherwise required under contractual obligations.


10/13/2020 Tuesday

DeWitt: 3 new cases in Clinton.

Piatt: 1 new case in Cerro Gordo. 1 new case in Monticello.


10/14/2020 Wednesday

DeWitt: 10 new cases in Clinton.

Piatt: 3 new cases in Monticello. 1 new case in Mansfield. 1 new case in White Heath. 1 new case in Bement.


10/15/2020 Thursday

DeWitt: 16 new cases in Clinton.  1 new case in Wapella. 1 new case in De Witt.

Piatt: 4 new cases in Monticello. 1 new case in White Heath. 2 new cases in Hammond. 2 new cases in Cerro Gordo. 2 new cases in Bement.


10/16/2020 Friday

DeWitt: 1 new case in De Witt. 1 new case in Clinton.

Piatt: 3 new cases in White Heath. 1 new case in Hammond. 1 new case in Cerro Gordo.



DeWitt: 71

Piatt: 39


Currently Hospitalized: 

DeWitt: 4

Piatt: 1


Case investigators and contact tracers for DeWitt-Piatt Bi-county Health Department have been very busy with case investigations and contact tracing. If you have general COVID-19 questions, call the IDPH COVID-19 Hotline: 1-800-889-3931

It is each and every person’s personal responsibility to help slow the spread of this virus:

-If you are sick, STAY HOME and contact your doctor for recommendations.

-When you go out in public, wear a mask, wash your hands, and watch your distance.


Please see the follow link for Guidance:



With these additional cases, DeWitt Co has had 263 cases total; Piatt Co has had 209 cases total.


Cases are spiking in both DeWitt and Piatt Counties, following a statewide trend.  State metrics have again been triggered to place DeWitt Co back on the State Warning List of COVID-19.  We are managing multiple outbreaks currently. For DeWitt Co, the metrics show that our incidence rate now sits 3at 17 per 100,000 (as compared to a state goal of 50 per 100,000), a positivity rate of 11.1 percent (as compared to a state goal of 8 percent). Our total number of tests performed has nearly doubled over the past week, but it isn't enough to keep our positivity rate below 8 percent as our case numbers have risen.



IDPH Updates - 10/16/2020


Public Health Officials Announce 87,000 Tests Completed, 4,554 New Cases


SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 4,554 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, the highest one-day case total, including 38 additional confirmed deaths. On September 4, 2020, IDPH reported 5,368 new cases of COVID-19 after a slowdown in data processing delayed reporting of some additional aggregate numbers. Cases not reported in the previous several days were included in the September 4, 2020 total. The slowdown did not affect the reporting of positive or negative results to individuals in any way.

  • • Christian County: 1 female 80s, 1 female 90s
  • • Clay County: 1 female 50s, 1 female 80s
  • • Cook County: 1 female 40s, 3 male 50s, 1 female 70s, 2 females 80s, 1 male 80s
  • • DuPage County: 1 male 70s, 1 female 90s
  • • Fayette County: 1 male 80s
  • • Ford County: 1 female 80s, 1 male 90s
  • • Jefferson County: 1 male 60s, 1 female 90s
  • • JoDaviess County: 1 male 80s, 1 male 90s
  • • Lake County: 1 male 70s, 1 female 90s
  • • Lawrence County: 1 male 70s
  • • Madison County: 1 male 60s, 1 male 70s
  • • McHenry County: 1 female 60s
  • • Ogle County: 1 male 70s
  • • Richland County: 1 female 70s, 1 female 90s
  • • Rock Island County: 1 male 60s
  • • Sangamon County: 1 female 80s
  • • St. Clair County: 1 male 70s, 1 male 80s
  • • Wayne County: 1 male 90s
  • • Will County: 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s
  • • Williamson County: 1 male 70s


Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 336,174 cases, including 9,165 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 9 – October 15 is 5.1%. Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 87,759 specimens for a total of 6,618,768. As of last night, 2,016 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 410 patients were in the ICU and 151 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.


IDPH is including both molecular and antigen tests in the number of statewide total test performed in Illinois. Previously, due to the limited number of antigen tests and limited information about antigen test accuracy, antigen tests were not included in the total number (which comprised less than 1% of total tests performed). Antigen tests, like BinaxNOW™, are now becoming more readily available, therefore, IDPH will include both molecular and antigen tests in its total number of tests starting October 15, 2020.


Following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, IDPH is now reporting separately 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.





34 Illinois Counties at Warning Level for Coronavirus Disease

Number of counties increases from 26 last week

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 34 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-four counties are currently reported at a warning level – Adams, Alexander, Boone, Cass, Christian, Clay, Clinton, Crawford, DeKalb, DeWitt, Jasper, Jefferson, Jo Daviess, Johnson, Kane, Lee, Macon, McDonough, McHenry Mercer, Monroe, Pike, Pulaski, Randolph, Saline, Stephenson, Union, Vermilion, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Whiteside, Will, Winnebago.


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 gatherings in people’s homes, weddings and funerals, bars and clubs, university and college parties as well as college sports teams, family gatherings, long-term care facilities, correctional centers, schools, and cases among the community at large, especially people in their 20s. 


Public health officials are observing businesses blatantly disregarding mitigation measures, people not social distancing, gathering in large groups, and not using face coverings.  Mayors, local law enforcement, state’s attorneys, and other community leaders can be influential in ensuring citizens and businesses follow best practices.


Several counties are taking swift action to help slow spread of the virus, including increasing testing opportunities, stressing the importance of testing to providers, hiring additional contact tracers, working with schools, and meeting with local leaders. 


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 performed.  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