Coronavirus

CASS COUNTY, Ill. (WAND) - Cass County was placed under a warning label for the Illinois Department of Public Health for high numbers of COVID-19 cases.

On an IDPH page tracking numbers by county, Cass County is the only county in the entire state to be flagged for its numbers. Warnings labels were placed under the county's numbers for new cases per 100,000 people and test positivity. 

New cases per 100,000 people looks at the potential number of people who are currently ill and might be infectious. A warning label is given if the new case rate is higher than 50 cases per 100,000 people, and Cass County has 191 cases per 100,000 people. 

When it comes to test positivity, a rate above 10% in a 7-day period merits a warning label, and Cass County's rate is 10.8%. 

Cass County was reporting a total of 123 confirmed cases as of Thursday, June 25.

Cass County was also flagged for the number of tests performed, which is 206. While this metric is not used to trigger a county warning, IDPH said the number of tests is considered insufficient due to a test positivity rate above 10%.

Dr. Nogzi Ezike of IDPH has remarked about what the caution marker means. 

"Our goal is with that caution (is) you will think twice about your own personal habits and activities," she said. "Maybe you will think twice about going out in that large group gathering. Maybe you'll think about that large group gathering."

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