Because of significant improvement in COVID-19 warning indicators, the Illinois Department of Public Health removed Kane County from its warning list today (Friday, Aug. 21, 2020).
The county had been put on the list a week ago for exceeding state benchmarks in two categories: the number of cases per 100,000 and the number of new deaths, which is measured by percentage increase.
The warning was based on data for Week 32, which ended Aug. 8.
The data posted today for Week 33, which ended Aug. 15, shows 80 cases per 100,000 population, down from 105 per 100,000 the previous week. The goal is to be below 50 per 100,000.
Although Kane County is still exceeding the goal level is cases per 100,000, it was taken off the warning list because it is no longer showing an increase in the number of deaths.
In fact, the adjusted deaths for the week ending Aug. 15 is -1, which means the total number of deaths actually went down during the week, most likely due to a statistical adjustment or reclassification of a previously counted death.
There were seven deaths reported by IDPH during Week 32, up from five the previous week and four the week before that.
A county hits the warming level for this metric when there are two consecutive weeks with more than a 20% increase in deaths.
Kane County is meeting state thresholds for other measures.
In a news release issued today, Kane County Health Department Executive Director Barbara Jeffers applauded the efforts of Kane County residents to follow guidelines.
“We appreciate the community’s efforts in reducing the spread of this virus but caution that we should remain vigilant,” she said. “COVID-19 remains in our communities, so we must continue practicing our social guidance to reduce the impact in our schools, homes and businesses.”
The Health Department recommends Kane County residents wear a face covering, maintain 6 feet social distance, wash hands frequently, avoid large gatherings, and stay home when you are ill.
This week, KCHD added additional full-time contract tracing staff to conduct investigations and provide tracing activities. The department’s goal is to respond to every case within 24 hours of identification so staff can quickly provide guidance to ill and potentially exposed residents.
The Health Department is also augmenting its ability to respond to resident concerns about businesses that may not be taking steps to protect customers and employees.
Residents with concerns about COVID compliance can report their concerns by calling 630-208-3801 or e-mailing COVIDConcerns@co.kane.il.us. The Department is working with the Kane County Sheriff’s Office and States Attorney’s Office to investigate and enforce violations.
For more information, see the Kane County Health Department website at KaneHealth.com.
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SOURCE: Kane County Health Department news release