Illinois reports more than 2,000 new cases; 13 counties in warning territory

By Jerry Nowicki Capitol News Illinois

SPRINGFIELD – The rolling seven-day positivity rate for COVID-19 tests in Illinois continues to tick upward, hitting 4.1 percent on Friday, Aug. 7 — its highest mark since June 11.

There were 2,084 new confirmed cases of the virus reported among 46,869 test results recorded over the previous 24 hours. That made for a one-day positivity rate of 4.4 percent across the state.

On the same day Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced he would be filing an emergency rule to allow for fines of businesses flouting masking or capacity guidelines, the Illinois Department of Public Health announced there were 13 counties in Illinois at a warning level for COVID-19 transmission.

The 13 counties currently reported at a warning level are Cass, Coles, Grundy, Iroquois, Jackson, Monroe, Perry, Saline, St. Clair, Tazewell, Union, Williamson and Winnebago.

According to IDPH, a county enters a warning level when two or more COVID-19 risk indicators measuring the rate of increase are met. Indicators include new cases per 100,000 people; number of deaths; weekly test positivity; intensive care unit availability; weekly emergency department visits; weekly hospital admissions; number of tests performed; and the percent of COVID-19 cases associated with clusters or outbreaks.

IDPH reported the counties saw cases or outbreaks associated with open businesses, long-term care facilities, large social gatherings and out-of-state travel.

“There have been several instances of multiple cases among family members in the same, large household. Students returning to universities and colleges are also driving the recent increase in cases in several communities. Many students are not wearing face coverings or social distancing and are gathering in large groups and at bars,” IDPH reported in a news release.

IDPH also reported another 21 COVID-19-related deaths statewide Aug. 7, bringing the total since the pandemic began to 7,613 among 190,508 confirmed cases. More than 2.98 million test results have been reported statewide.

At the end of Thursday, 1,486 people in Illinois were reported hospitalized with COVID-19, including 333 in intensive care unit beds and 125 on ventilators. All of those numbers showed a slight upswing from recent pandemic lows.