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COVID-19 spread in McHenry County now ‘substantial,’ McHenry County Department of Health says

The spread of COVID-19 in McHenry County is “substantial,” the McHenry County Department of Health reported Wednesday, recommending that everyone in McHenry County follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance and wear a mask indoors regardless of vaccination status.

“As the delta variant is becoming the predominant variant circulating in Illinois, wearing a mask indoors, even if fully vaccinated, will help reduce the spread of the disease. This is especially important for those with underlying medical conditions or weakened immune systems,” McHenry County Public Health Administrator Melissa Adamson said in a statement. “We are asking everyone to consider how their actions may impact others as community transmission of COVID-19 is on the rise.”

The change in characterization Wednesday now aligns the county with how the CDC have been categorization the level of community transmission for McHenry County.

The key difference between the two public health agencies is that when moving to a higher transmission level, the county requires a metric to be above that threshold for seven out of the past 10 days, a requirement the CDC does not have.

The incidence rate – the number of new cases per 100,000 residents – met the threshold for “substantial” transmission seven of the last 10 days Wednesday, triggering the change in categorization.

McHenry County saw about 81 new cases per 100,000 residents as of Friday, the last day data is available for, according to the county’s dashboard.

The other metric used to measure community spread is the positivity rate, measured by a seven-day rolling average, 6.8% as of Sunday, the last data data is available. It has been above the “moderate” threshold for six of the last 10 days.

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The county’s recovery rate remains at 99%.

Meanwhile, about 250 more McHenry County residents now are fully vaccinated, bringing the total to 155,828, or about 50.5% of residents, the Illinois Department of Public Health reported Wednesday.

Vaccinations, on average, have been on the rise for the last week with 320,770 doses total administered to McHenry County residents, state data shows.

Statewide, 73.1% of those age 12 and older have received at least one vaccine dose, the IDPH reported as of Wednesday. That rate is 75% for those 18 and older and 91.7% for those 65 and older.

Vaccination “is not the only tool to slow community transmission of the virus but is the strongest preventative measure available,” the McHenry County Department of Health said in the release Wednesday, advising residents they can find a vaccination location near them by going to vaccines.gov.

Businesses and organizations can also request to hold a vaccine clinic by completing the ”Request A Clinic Form” available on the county health department’s COVID-19 Vaccine Locations website. Questions can be directed to the county COVID-19 Call Center at (815) 334-4045.

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The state health department reported 2,364 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 across Illinois on Wednesday, and another 115 new hospital admissions were reported for Sunday, the Illinois Department of Public Health reported.

As of late Tuesday, Illinois had 1,165 total COVID-19 patients in the hospital, twice as many as just over two weeks ago and the most since May 28. Of those, 246 were in intensive care units, and 94 were on ventilators.

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McHenry County’s positivity rate, as measured by a seven-day rolling average, increased to 6.8%, the highest it’s been since the beginning of May. Data remains on a three-day lag. The rate for Region 9, which is composed of Lake and McHenry counties, rose to 5%.

Region 9 had 29% of its ICU beds available as of Wednesday, and the state reported hospital admissions related to COVID-19 increased nine out of the past 10 days.

Statewide, the IDPH reported 1,430,265 cases, 23,476 confirmed deaths and 2,484 probable deaths. Neighboring Lake County’s health department reported 63,109 cases and 1,030 deaths through Tuesday.

“As the delta variant is becoming the predominant variant circulating in Illinois, wearing a mask indoors, even if fully vaccinated, will help reduce the spread of the disease. This is especially important for those with underlying medical conditions or weakened immune systems,” McHenry County Public Health Administrator Melissa Adamson said ina. . “We are asking everyone to consider how their actions may impact others as community transmission of COVID-19 is on the rise.”

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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