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Illinois releases Contact Tracing data online, includes school data, interview stats

Cook County ranked last in the state with 32,789 cases, only 13.42% (4,399) had been attempted to be contact traced as of Friday, with 9.05% of all cases (2,966) successfully interviewed.

CHICAGO – New data on contact tracing efforts are now online for Illinois.

The state published contact tracing data, added to the IDPH website Friday, that included information online includes contact tracing data, outbreak locations, exposure locations, school aged metrics and school outbreaks, and school exposure resources.

Statewide, Illinois has attempted to reach out to just under 70% of all cases reported, succeeding in interviewing just over 53% of all current cases. Among local leaders in contact tracing interviews included Iroquois County which successfully interviewed the most cases at 89.58% (258 cases), followed by Ford (84.71%), Livingston (79.45%), Kankakee (57.03%) and  Will (53.06%). Cook County ranked last in the state with 32,789 cases, only 13.42% (4,399) had been attempted to be contact traced as of Friday, with 9.05% of all cases (2,966) successfully interviewed.

Close Contact interviews statewide range on average from 50% to 90% success statewide.  Locally, Iroquois County Health leads in efforts with 96.96% of all cases interviewed, followed by Ford (93.61%), Livingston (82.60%), Kankakee (49.07%) and Will (33.63%).

Other data released include information on school exposures from contact tracing efforts, which currently include 647 schools, both private and public, across Illinois.  Among those counts current include 27 schools in Will County, 6 in Livingston, 4 in Kendall, 2 in Iroquois, 2 in Kankakee.

The data comes on a day when the State of Illinois recorded 10,000 new COVID cases in a single day for the first time. Since the pandemic began, there have now been 465,540 cases have been announced in Illinois. 

Statewide positivity climbed to 9.6% Friday.  In Region 7, weekly positivity climbed to a new record Friday, reporting 14.2%. The daily positivity rate for the last day of data available, November 3rd, Election Day, 3,228 tests were ran in the region, resulting in 576 positives, and a daily positivity rating of 17.8% in Region 7.

Contact tracing is a vital way to control the spread of the virus.  If you’re interested in becoming a contact tracer, you can find more information here.

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