WATSEKA – The Iroquois County Public Health Department (ICPHD) released data Monday from recent COVID-19 cases in the area, including 95 newly confirmed cases since Saturday.
It marks a single day high in reporting from ICPHD as local officials continue asking residents from attending large gatherings. Newly reported cases ranged in ages less than 10 to over 80. Multiple letters have been issued to parents of Iroquois County CUSD #9 in November, alerting parents of ‘low-risk exposure’ occurrences.
Both Clifton Central High School and St John’s Lutheran School have been traced through contract tracing efforts, reporting fewer than five cases at each location.
“Many of Iroquois County’s most recent cases have been epidemiologically linked to large events in the community such as unofficial homecomings and weddings. ICPHD is asking the public to refrain from attending large gatherings as this is causing increased illness within our community.” ICPHD wrote Monday in a statement.
Since November 1st, ICPHD has reported 253 new cases in the community. Iroquois seven-day positivity rating was a shocking 17.2% Monday.
Eight residents were hospitalized in Iroquois County for COVID-19 Monday evening.