The Lawrence County Health Department (LCHD) on Friday announced that Lawrence County will be at COVID-19 Warning Level.
According to LCHD, a surge in new positive cases and an increase in the county's positive rate from 4.3% to 14.4% is the reasoning behind the county's entry into COVID-19 Warning Level.
Illinois counties that experience an increase in two or more of the following indicators from the state's COVID-19 Resurgence Mitigation plan can enter COVID-19 Warning Level:
- New cases per 100,000 people: If there are more than 50 new cases per 100,000 people in the county, this triggers a warning.
- Number of deaths: This metric indicates a warning when the weekly 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.
As of late August, there were 20 Illinois counties had been placed in COVID-19 Warning Level according to the state health department.
A map and information on each Illinois county’s COVID-19 status can be found on the Illinois Department of Public Health website.