The Henry and Stark County Health Department announced 8 more individual cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday. That brings Henry County’s total since the start of the pandemic to 323 individual cases of COVID-19. That includes 130 new cases of COVID-19 in the month of August alone. Stark County remains at 8 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Henry County is part of Region 2 of the Governor’s tiered regions, part of a regional approach to keeping COVID-19 numbers down. According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, Region 2 has seen the positivity rate, the percentage of positive tests of all tests conducted over a 7 day period, rise 6 consecutive days. The current positivity rate in Region 2 is 5.5%, more than one full percentage rate higher than the state average. 8% is the threshold for potentially seeing rollbacks such as new restrictions on crowd sizes at bars and restaurants among other mitigation efforts.
As for the latest statewide numbers, on Wednesday, the Illinois Department of Public Health announced 2,295 new cases of COVID-19 statewide, the largest number of new individual cases since early June. Alongside that announcement, the IDPH announced that 25 more people had died from COVID-19 between Tuesday and Wednesday. That brings the totals since the start of the pandemic to 211,889 individual cases. Of that number, 7,806 people have died from COVID-19. The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from August 12 – August 18 is 4.4%. As of last night, 1,519 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 334 patients were in the ICU and 144 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.