The Illinois Department of Public Health on Friday reported 30 Illinois counties are now considered to be at a “warning” level for COVID-19, including Warren and Henderson counties.
IDPH says a county enters warning level when they have two or more risk indicators that measure the amount the coronavirus has increased its community presence.
There aren’t any real consequences tied to being at a warning level other than to alert the public and officials.
Warren County has exceeded in two of the metrics, including new cases per 100,000, and one-week positivity rate.
For the week that ended on Aug. 22, Warren County had 147 confirmed positive per 100,000 people, a standardized rate to compare with different size counties.
They also had a positivity rate of 11.4 percent.
Fortunately, ICU bed availability is not yet to a concerning level with 43 percent still available.
Henderson County’s proportional amount of cases is even worse, but also have plenty of ICU beds available.
Henderson’s positivity rate was 14.2 percent.