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COVID-19 positivity rate surpasses 7 percent in Winnebago County

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WINNEBAGO COUNTY (WREX) — The 7-day rolling positivity rate has surpassed 7% in Winnebago County, according to county health officials.

In an update released on Tuesday, the 7-day rolling positivity rate has increased to 7.2%.

The county also announced 63 new confirmed cases of the virus on Tuesday, bringing the total up to 4,857. No new deaths were reported, meaning the death toll remains at 152.

The recovery rate in the county is at 96.2%.

If the county's 7-day rolling positivity rate reaches 8%, it would be considered at warning level for that metric by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

A county is considered at the warning level when at least two of the following metrics triggers a warning:

  • New cases per 100,000 people.  If there are more than 50 new cases per 100,000 people in the county, this triggers a warning, which Ogle County has currently reached.
  • Number of deaths.  This metric indicates a warning when the weekly number of deaths increases more than 20% for two consecutive weeks.
  • Weekly test positivity.  This metric indicates a warning when the 7-day test positivity rate rises above 8%.
  • ICU availability.  If there are fewer than 20% of intensive care units available in the region, this triggers a warning.
  • Weekly emergency department visits.   This metric indicates a warning when the weekly percent of COVID-19-like-illness emergency department visits increase by more than 20% for two consecutive weeks.
  • Weekly hospital admissions.  A warning is triggered when the weekly number of hospital admissions for COVID-19-like-illness increases by more than 20% for two consecutive weeks.
  • Tests perform.  This metric is used to provide context and indicate if more testing is needed in the county.
  • Clusters. This metric looks at the percent of COVID-19 cases associated with clusters or outbreaks and is used to understand large increase in cases.

On Monday, the county announced a Rockford school and two businesses in Winnebago County have been cited for not following the state's COVID-19 guidelines.

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Andrew Carrigan

Andy Carrigan is the Social Media & Digital Content Manager at WREX. He joined the 13 WREX team as a photographer in 2016 after graduating from Northern Illinois University. He also been a producer and Assignment Editor at the station.

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