COVID Counts: Washington County, Illinois remains high for another week

The local numbers for Washington County remained at high warning for another week, according to The Illinois Department of Public Health.

For the week of Aug. 8, the IDPH reported 443 new cases per 100,000 and a test positivity rate of 11.7 percent. There were 581 tests performed during that time period.

The Washington County Health Department reported last week that 54 new cases were diagnosed from Aug. 8-13. Officials have also reported that hospitalizations for COVID-19 are on the rise.

“We are at a critical point that needs action to reduce transmission,” the health department said. “It is everyone’s responsibility to protect our community.”

WCHD encouraged safety measures to reduce the spread of the virus as “the more precautions that are in place, the safer the community will be.” The recommendations include staying away from others when feeling ill, getting vaccinated, wearing a mask, avoiding large crowds and sanitizing and washing hands often.

According to the IDPH, the daily positivity rate for the county hit a high for the month on Aug. 14 at 25.8 percent.

COVID Counts is a breakdown of numbers from national, state and local health officials. More coverage will be featured in future posts from the Standard.

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