Williamson County at warning level for COVID-19
August 7, 2020
Williamson County is one of 13 in Illinois that are now at a warning level for COVID-19 announced by IDPH. A county will enter this level when two or more COVID-19 risk indicators are met.
The two indicators that Williamson County has broached are emergency department visits for COVID-19-like illness (2.6%) and new cases per 100,000 residents (95 per 100k).
Warnings are put in place if emergency department visits for COVID-like symptoms for two consecutive weeks by more than 20% and if the new case rate is greater than 50 cases per 100,000 people.
This data was gathered through July 26 through August 1, you can see more data by visiting the IDPH website here.
Recently Illinois Governor JB Pritzker visited SIUC to discuss Jackson County’s increase in COVID-19.
“The COVID-19 pandemic which once seemed tame in Carbondale, and throughout the entire region, is now surging here. It’s worse than in Chicago. And I’ll be frank if we don’t see some change here the virus will cause some businesses to close and an increasing percentage of people to get sick and some will even die,” Pritzker said.
Today the governor announced that businesses that do not comply with mask ordinances will have enforced consequences.
See more: Governor announces new mask enforcement for businesses
These thirteen counties are currently reported at a warning level – Cass, Coles, Grundy, Iroquois, Jackson, Monroe, Perry, Saline, St. Clair, Tazewell, Union, Williamson, Winnebago.
According to IDPH the counties saw cases and outbreaks associated with “businesses, long-term care facilities, larger social gatherings and out of state travel.”