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Rolling COVID-19 positivity rate drops slightly as of Thursday in Winnebago County

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WINNEBAGO COUNTY (WREX) — Winnebago County health officials reported a slight drop in the 7-day rolling positivity rate for COVID-19 in the county on Thursday.

Health officials reported the rate dropped from 8% down to 7.9%.

The health department also reported 98 new cases of the virus, bringing the total number of confirmed cases up to 5,585. Health officials also reported 1 new death related to the virus, bringing that number up to 153.

Despite the slight drop in the county, the entire region is still at risk to see more restrictions put in place by the state due to the rising positivity rate.

On Wednesday, Governor JB Pritzker said Region 1, which includes Winnebago, Boone, Ogle, Stephenson and Lee counties, is not going in the right direction in regards to COVID-19.

The governor the region's number of cases and positivity rate for the virus is rising at "an alarming rate."

As of Wednesday, the region's positivity rate was at 7.5%. If the region's positivity rate reaches 8%, additional mitigation efforts may be put in place to reduce the spread of the virus. Here's a look at what restrictions could be put in place:

  • Meetings, social events, and other gatherings could be limited to the lesser of 25 individuals or 25 percent of overall room capacity 
  • All bars, restaurants, gaming facilities, and casinos will be forced to close early
  • All reception halls closed 
  • Party buses would not be allowed to operate 
  • Reservations would be required for each party at restaurants and bars, and no congregating indoors or outdoors 
  • Indoor tables reduced to six people or less 
  • No dancing indoors  
  • Removal of bar stools at bars to help prevent congregating 

The governor pleaded with the residents in Region 1, saying: "Please wear your masks, encourage others to wear a mask. Wash your hands and keep your distance."

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Andrew Carrigan

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