DeWitt County has 71 active COVID cases

COVID-19 hospitalizations top 2,000 for first time since June

Jerry Nowicki / Capital News Illinois
Posted 10/15/20

COVID-19 update: 10/16

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DeWitt County has 71 active COVID cases

COVID-19 hospitalizations top 2,000 for first time since June


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<>.

SPRINGFIELD – DeWitt County is back on the state's COVID-19 warning list in today's update from the Illinois Department of Public Health.

More than 2,000 people with COVID-19 were hospitalized in Illinois as of Thursday night, a high not seen since June 12.

At that time, COVID-19 hospitalizations were quickly declining after peaking at 5,037 on April 28. Now, they are on the rise after falling as low as the 1,300s in July. Intensive care bed usage is up as well, with 410 COVID-19 patients occupying ICU beds and 151 on ventilators as of Thursday night.

The state’s rolling seven-day average COVID-19 test positivity rate is also steeply increasing, hitting 5.1 percent for the week of Oct. 9-15, a high not seen since June 8, when that number was also on the way down. Now, it has increased for 12 straight days, jumping from 3.3 percent on Oct. 4.

“Let me be clear, we are in a new wave here,” Gov. JB Pritzker said at an unrelated news conference Friday. “Anybody that hasn't noticed this, turn on the television, we're in a new wave of COVID-19, rising cases, rising positivity all across the nation, not just in the state of Illinois.”

Pritzker pointed out that Illinois border states Wisconsin, Indiana and Iowa all have positivity rates of 15 percent or higher.

As of Friday, 34 of the state’s 102 counties were at a warning level for COVID-19 spread, an increase of eight from a week ago, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health. Seventeen of those counties are on the state’s border.

Regional positivity rates were on the uptick as well.

IDP reported a single-day record of new cases for the second straight day Friday with 4,554 reported among 87,759 test results processed over the previous 24 hours. The high testing in part drove the high case count, but the one-day 5.2 percent positivity rate was an increase from averages in the past several weeks.

The 38 deaths reported by IDPH Friday were in a person in their 40s, four in their 50s, four in their 60s, eight in their 70s and the rest 80 or older. That brought the total death toll to 9,165 among 336,174 confirmed cases since the pandemic began, while testing output surpassed 6.6 million.

In Region 1 of the state’s COVID-19 mitigation plan, which includes the northwest part of the state, the positivity rate increased to 10.6 percent according to the most recent data logged Tuesday, Oct. 13. Mitigations including the closure of bars and restaurants to indoor service cannot be lifted until the region is below 6.5 percent for three consecutive days.

Region 5, which includes southern Illinois and had a decreasing rate for two days, saw its rolling positivity rate increase to 7.8 percent. If it surpasses 8 percent for three straight days, it would be subject to greater state mitigations similar to those in Region 1. Those also include maximum capacity allotments of 25 people, down from 50 allowed elsewhere.

Excluding University of Illinois saliva tests, Region 6, which includes east-central Illinois, saw its positivity rate increase to 7.4 percent. Other regions ranged from 6 percent to 7.4 percent.

The counties at a warning level include 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 and Winnebago.

IDPH issues a warning when a county crosses certain targets for two or more risk indicators that measure the amount of COVID-19 increase. Those include things such as the daily number of new cases per 100,000 population, the county’s test positivity rate and new hospital admissions for COVID-19.

As the pandemic surges, unemployment in the state remains high as well, with the Illinois Department of Employment Security reporting Friday the state had a 10.2 percent unemployment rate in September.

That was higher than the national unemployment rate of 7.9 percent for the month, and nearly triple the 3.7 percent rate the state saw in September one year ago.

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