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McHenry County reports 58 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, no additional deaths

County school metrics show slight increase in COVID-19 incidence rate

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The McHenry County Department of Health reported 58 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Friday and no additional deaths.

That brings the county's total case count to 4,992 confirmed cases, 119 related deaths and five probable deaths. The county's recovery rate currently sits at 97%.

McHenry County residents have been tested a total of 84,411 times since the pandemic began, according to county-specific data collected by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

The Kane County Health Department reported a total of 14,036 confirmed cases and 334 deaths Friday.

The Lake County Health Department reported a total of 18,056 confirmed cases and 481 related deaths.

Statewide, IDPH reported a total of 313,518 confirmed cases and 8,945 related deaths. So far, Illinois has conducted a total of 6,177,379 COVID-19 tests. The statewide recovery rate is 96%.

The McHenry County Department of Health now is reporting on four metrics designed to help the county's school administrators decide when it may be safe to gradually begin reopening schools and when to return to a hybrid or remote learning approach.

The metrics used on the new dashboard are incidence rate (number of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people per day), test positivity rate (percentage of COVID-19 tests that come back positive), the trend of hospital admissions for COVID-19-like illness and the weekly count of new confirmed cases.

The first three of these four metrics are reported everyday Monday through Friday based on a seven-day rolling average of the data with a three-day lag. The weekly count of new cases will be updated once a week, also with a three-day lag, according to the health department.

The incidence rate was reported at 12 cases per 100,000 people, only two cases less than the upper threshold of 14 cases per 100,000 people, which is an indicator for when schools might consider transitioning back to a hybrid or remote learning model in the county's reopening plan. The county's test positivity rate was 5.7% as of Tuesday, just higher than the health department's lower threshold of 5%.

There were three hospital admissions for COVID-19-like illness reported Friday, marking an increase over Thursday's update. The weekly case count was last reported Sept. 27 at 205 new cases, 19 of which were identified in children ages three to 18, according to the dashboard.

Among McHenry County ZIP codes, Crystal Lake (60014) has the highest number of COVID-19 cases with a total of 761 confirmed cases, according to county data. Woodstock (60098) follows with 709 cases.

The McHenry County health department reports only ZIP code data that is located within McHenry County, a department spokeswoman said. Any discrepancies between county and IDPH numbers likely are because of the data's provisional nature and because each health department finalizes its data at different times, she said.

The following is the rest of the local breakdown of cases by ZIP code: Harvard (60033) 499; McHenry (60050) 445; Lake in the Hills (60156) 455; Algonquin (60102) 402; Huntley (60142) 333; Cary (60013) 306; Johnsburg and McHenry (60051) 250; Crystal Lake, Bull Valley and Prairie Grove (60012) 160; Marengo (60152) 183; Wonder Lake (60097) 138; Spring Grove (60081) 98; Island Lake (60042) 70; Fox River Grove (60021) 54; Richmond (60071) 53; Hebron (60034) 23; Barrington (60010) 21; Union (60180) 15; and Ringwood and Wonder Lake (60072) seven.

Two ZIP codes in McHenry County (61038 and 60135) have reported five cases or fewer, according to the health department.

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