A rising number of active cases of COVID-19 now has Henry County back on the state warning level, the Orange Alert. Orange status indicates there are warning signs of increased COVID-19 risk in the county. Duane Stevens, Henry County Public Health Administrator states, “It is important our area understand how easily COVID-19 is actively spreading. Henry County is experiencing community spread of the virus, meaning that some people testing positive for COVID-19 are not able to pinpoint when or where they may have become infected. This is happening all over the county, not one particular area or town.”
The state of Illinois reported more than 11,000 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday while Henry County has seen a rising number of cases in terms of active ongoing cases which have risen each of the past two weeks. Most cases are coming among unvaccinated people under the age of 30. These same patients are also leading the way among new hospitalized cases of COVID-19, a stark reminder of the need to convince more people to get vaccinated.
“The Health Department wants to remind those who have not got vaccinated and young people, the COVID-19 pandemic is not over and it continues to be a serious public health threat. People can easily become infected with COVID-19, not experience symptoms and then pass the virus to others more at risk. Those who are unvaccinated especially and choose not to wear a mask or disregard the importance of social distancing are putting their parents, grandparents, co-workers, and community at risk” RaeAnn Tucker Henry and Stark County Health Department.