SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WREX) — One county in Region 1 has one of the lowest positivity rates for COVID-19 in the state.
According to data on the Illinois Department of Public Health's website, Lee County currently has the second lowest seven-day rolling positivity rate in the entire state.
Lee County's positivity rate was at 2.3% as of Jan. 9, according to IDPH. The only county with a lower positivity rate was Brown County; whose positivity rate was at 2.2% as of Jan. 9.
Brown County, which is west of Quincy, Illinois, had a population of 6,556 people in 2018, per data from the US Census Bureau. By comparison, Lee County's population in 2019 was 34,096.
Despite a low positivity rate, Lee County health officials say they're still above the state's case rate per 100K and are still considered to be at warning level for COVID-19.
A county is considered at warning level if there are more than 50 new cases per 100,000 people in the county, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.
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