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Monday, July 13, 2020

Kankakee County enters warning territory after IDPH releases COVID-19 risk map

The Illinois Department of Public Health has released a new metric map to engage local level awareness of each county’s progress during Phase 4.

Each county will be monitored to assess and determine if it’s meeting or exceeding each indicator target for the area.

Under the new warning detectors, with data from 06-14 to 06-20, Kankakee County was in a warning bracket for per capita tested.  The county was reporting more than 65 positives per 100,000 residents last week taking data stretching from Sunday to Saturday.  The metric is used to describe the potential number of people who are currently ill and may be infected.

A warning is only generated when the new case rate is greater than 50 cases per 100,000 people. No other surrounding counties received such a warning, including Cook County.

The IDPH target per capita is less than 50 per 100,000 residents. Kankakee cleared other safety guidance including ICU availability, number of deaths, and test positivity rate, which was currently at 1.1%. 

By comparison, Will County reported 30 per 100,000 residents last week, but had a positivity rate of 4.4%, clearing IDPH warning detectors. Iroquois also reported just 6 cases but registered a 3.5% positivity rate.  A warning is only issued for an area when positivity rates climb above 10%. 

New data is expected to be released every week. You can monitor the latest charts on the IDPH website here.

Shane Saathoff
Shane Saathoffhttp://www.SocialSnowball.com
An active writer for two decades, Shane's focuses on local news and events throughout the area, Shane is an active historian, science nerd, and tech geek. Shane is a native of Bourbonnais, IL, and alumni of Olivet Nazarene University.

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