SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — An increase in COVID-19 cases among people 29 years old and younger is one of the reasons given for Peoria County being listed on the warning level by the Illinois Department of Public Health.
Peoria City/County Health Department will hold a briefing to give COVID-19 update at 1:30 p.m.
A news release from IDPH says Peoria, LaSalle, Adams, and Randolph County are all on the list due to two or more risk indicators measuring COVID-19 being met. They say the counties all saw outbreaks associated with business and risky behavior.
The warning for Peoria County was due to large gatherings at 4th of July parties and people traveling to Florida, Iowa, Texas and Wisconsin according to the release. The increase in LaSalle County was deemed to be from large family and social gathering and a lack of wearing masks.
A news conference has been called by Peoria County Health officials from 1:30 p.m Friday afternoon.
Here is a complete list from the Illinois Department of Public Health.
Adams County: larger social events, health care exposure, travel to hotspots including those in neighboring Missouri and Iowa, places of worship, and youth sports.
LaSalle County: large family and social gatherings, increase in cases among people younger than 29 years, younger people visiting bars and attending larger social events, and inconsistencies with masking requirements.
Peoria County: increases in cases among people younger than 29 years, large gatherings including 4th of July parties, and people traveling to Florida, Iowa, Texas, and Wisconsin.
Randolph County: congregate settings, numerous bars not complying with distancing and masking, a large party with more than 200 people, and among households.
IDPH uses numerous indicators when determining if a county is experiencing stable COVID-19 activity, or if there are warning signs of increased COVID-19 risk in the county.
- New cases per 100,000 people. If there are 50 or more new cases per 100,000 people in the county, this triggers a warning.
- Number of deaths. This metric indicates a warning when the 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.
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