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Eleven Illinois counties hit warning level as coronavirus cases increase

Added 08-03-20 07:23:02pm EST - “State health officials on Friday reported 11 counties in Illinois reached "warning level" metrics for the spread of COVID-19.” - Washingtonexaminer.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtonexaminer.com: “Eleven Illinois counties hit warning level as coronavirus cases increase”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

State health officials on Friday reported 11 counties in Illinois reached "warning level" metrics for the spread of COVID-19.

A county reaches the warning level after an increase in two or more COVID-19 risk indicators from the state’s COVID-19 Resurgence Mitigation plan, according to a news release from the Illinois Department of Public Health.

The 11 counties are Cass, Gallatin, Jackson, Jo Daviess, Johnson, Perry, Randolph, Saline, Sangamon, St. Clair and White.

The counties reported COVID-19 outbreaks linked to business operations and high-risk activities. Those include school graduation ceremonies, a rise in cases among late teens and 20s, parties and social gatherings, people going to bars, long-term care outbreaks, clusters of cases associated with restaurants and churches, and sports events including tournaments, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker visited several of the hot spots in Illinois this week along with Illinois Department of Public Health Dr. Ngozi Ezike to meet with local leaders and health officials. In public remarks, they emphasized the need for wearing face masks, social distancing and hand washing. They also encouraged making decisions that would help reduce the spread of the virus, such as avoiding large gatherings and staying out of crowded bars.

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