McHenry County reports 1 additional death, 42 new coronavirus cases

County continues to see disproportionate rate of COVID-19 infection among Hispanic residents

This illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in January 2020 shows the 2019 novel coronavirus.
This illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in January 2020 shows the 2019 novel coronavirus.

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The McHenry County Department of Health reported one additional death and 42 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Friday.

The new death was a man in his 80s, according to data from the Illinois Department of Public Health.

McHenry County now has seen a total of 1,346 COVID-19 cases and 69 deaths, according to the MCDH.

The Lake County Health Department reported 163 new cases of the coronavirus Friday for a total of 7,331 confirmed cases and 234 deaths.

The Kane County Health Department reported 358 new cases for a total of 5,406 confirmed cases and 151 deaths.

There have been 8,105 unduplicated coronavirus tests conducted in McHenry County, according to the MCDH. The county’s positivity rate is now at 16.6%, down from the 17% positivity rate reported Thursday.

Currently, the county has enough available hospital beds to accommodate a 10.1% surge in COVID-19 cases, which is just shy of the 14% surge capacity required by the IDPH to move into Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois plan.

The county can accommodate a 24% surge in the need for intensive care unit beds and a 91.4% surge in ventilator use, which greatly exceeds IDPH requirements in these areas.

McHenry County continues to see a disproportionate rate of COVID-19 infection among Hispanic residents. Hispanic or Latino residents are almost 2.5 times more likely to contract the virus when compared with non-Hispanic residents, according to MCDH data.

During a presentation to the McHenry County Board last week, MCDH epidemiologist Ryan Sachs said this is likely related to the fact that a higher percentage of Hispanic residents work in essential industries where they are more likely to be exposed to the virus.

Social determinants around public health access also likely play a role, Sachs said.

Local breakdown by ZIP code

As of Friday evening, McHenry (60050) had 166 confirmed cases, Crystal Lake (60014) had 158 cases, Harvard (60033) had 126, Lake in the Hills (60156) had 108 and Algonquin (60102) reported 75 cases.

Cary (60013) reported 71 cases; Crystal Lake, Bull Valley and Prairie Grove (60012) had 71; Marengo (60152) had 61; Johnsburg and McHenry (60051) had 56; Huntley (60142) 54; Wonder Lake (60097) 33; Spring Grove (60081) 25; Fox River Grove (60021) 16; Island Lake (60042) 15; and Richmond (60071) seven.

All other ZIP codes within McHenry County have reported five confirmed cases or fewer, according to the MCDH.

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