Hardin County, IL remains at Orange Warning Level for COVID-19

ULLIN, Ill. (KBSI) – Southern Seven Health Department (S7HD) reports the Illinois Department of Public Health announced on October 1st that Hardin County has stabilized their COVID-19 infections while the other six S7HD counties will remain at an Orange Warning Level status on the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) risk metrics.

The amount of New Cases Per 100,000 people, Test Positivity Percentage metrics, and falling ICU bed availability at area hospitals are causing the elevated risk levels. According to Illinois Department of Public Health, an orange designation indicates warning signs of increased COVID-19 risk in the community.

Residents are asked to remain vigilant to slow spread of the virus.

Alexander County

  • 165 potential new cases (based on 10 positive cases) per 100,000 reported
  • The test positivity percentage for the county was 2.1% out of 140 tests.
  • ICU availability was 2.7%

Johnson County

  • 474 potential new cases (based on 59 positive cases) per 100,000 reported
  • The test positivity percentage for the county was 2.2% out of 2346 tests.
  • ICU availability was 2.7%.

Massac County

  • 355 potential new cases (based on 50 positive cases) per 100,000 reported
  • The test positivity percentage for the county was 7.4% out of 639 tests.
  • ICU availability was 2.7%.

Pope County

  • 522 potential new cases (based on 22 positive cases) per 100,000 reported
  • The test positivity percentage for the county was 11.2% out of 214 tests.
  • ICU availability was 2.7%.

Pulaski County

  • 403 potential new cases (based on 22 positive cases) per 100,000 reported
  • The test positivity percentage for the county was 7.8% out of 258 tests.
  • ICU availability was 2.7%.

Union County

  • 178 potential new cases (based on 30 positive cases) per 100,000 reported
  • The test positivity percentage for the county was 2.8% out of 1230 tests.
  • ICU availability was 2.7%.

Test positivity percentages continued to decline in all of the Southern Seven counties except for Pope County. There are also some improvement with the availability of ICU beds.

A warning for New Case Rate indicates the rate is greater than 50 cases per 100,000 people. A warning for Test Positivity indicates that the percentage was above 8% from the previous seven day period. A warning for ICU Availability shows the number of ICU beds has dropped below a 20% availability threshold. New Cases per 100,000 People Rate is a unit of measure calculated as a rate to compare the number of cases in large and small counties. The rate is calculated by dividing the county case count for seven days by county population x 100,000. This describes the potential number of people who are currently ill and may be infectious in the county.

Eight different indicators are used to determine a county’s designation. A county is considered at the orange ‘Warning’ level when at least two of the main indicators are going in the wrong direction. Individuals, families, and community groups should use this information to help inform their choices about personal and family gatherings, as well as what activities they choose to do.

To view the IDPH county-level risk map, visit the County Level Covid-19 Risk Metrics website.

S7HD has been urging southern Illinoisans to get vaccinated against COVID-19, especially with the rapid spread of the Delta variant impacting neighboring states. The COVID vaccines are proving to be effective in preventing people from becoming severely ill or requiring hospitalization. It’s also recommended to continue following the COVID-19 mitigation procedures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19: wear a mask, wash your hands frequently, and keep your distance especially in crowded situations or indoor environments.

The Illinois Department of Public Health announced last month that southern Illinois’ Region 5, where all seven of our counties are located, moved to Phase 5 of the Restore Illinois COVID-19 mitigation plan. This move fully reopened businesses across the state without restrictions. See more information on Illinois’ Phase 5 Reopening Plans.

For the latest information on COVID-19 cases in the region or to find out how to get vaccinated against COVID-19, visit southern7.org or call (618) 634-2297.

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