COVID case counts continue to spike as the pandemic rages on and the region approaches a forboding holiday season.
A total of 83 new cases of COVID were identified in Washington County since last Tuesday, including three children under the age of five.
Test positivity in Washington County has also been on an upward trend since late October. The seven-day test positivity rate has been above 14.5 percent or higher since October 30 and hit 18.9 percent last Monday. The target positivity rate is eight percent or lower.
For an idea of how widespread the virus is in the county, it took from March to the middle of August for the case count in Washington County to reach the 83 cases – which is the same number as identified in the last seven days.
Governor J.B. Pritzker announced Tuesday that additional COVID resurgence mitigations will take effect in every region across the state effective at 12:01 a.m. this Friday, November 20.
The state of Illinois will move to Tier 3 resurgence mitigations in an effort to slow the spread of the virus that has resulted in surging case counts across the Midwest.
The Tier 3 resurgence mitigations, which are available on the IDPH website, include guidelines for every industry, from retail to hospitality to manufacturing and more.
Pritzker cites the fact that hospitals are experiencing strain and if the current rates of infection continue may be overwhelmed soon.
Read the full article and more on local COVID concerns in this week’s issue.