McHenry County reports 48 new COVID-19 cases

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McHenry County saw 48 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, bringing the total to 5,298 confirmed cases and 120 total confirmed deaths.

The county's recovery rate remained at 97%, according to the county's COVID-19 dashboard.

Statewide, the Illinois Department of Public Health reported a total of 331,620 confirmed cases and 9,127 related deaths.

Neighboring Lake County’s health department reported 18,909 cases and 494 deaths, while the Kane County Health Department reported 14,793 cases and 338 deaths.

The McHenry County Department of Health is now is reporting on four metrics designed to help 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 a 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.

On Thursday, the county’s incidence rate, according to the dashboard, was 14 and the positivity rate was 6.2%.

Among McHenry County ZIP codes, Crystal Lake (60014) has the highest number of COVID-19 cases with a total of 814 confirmed cases, according to county data. Woodstock (60098) follows with 746 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) 514; Lake in the Hills (60156) 490; McHenry (60050) 467; Algonquin (60102) 428; Huntley (60142) 359; Cary (60013) 318; Johnsburg and McHenry (60051) 274; Marengo (60152) 194; Crystal Lake, Bull Valley and Prairie Grove (60012) 170; Wonder Lake (60097) 148; Spring Grove (60081) 102; Island Lake (60042) 73; Fox River Grove (60021) 59 ; Richmond (60071) 56 ; Hebron (60034) 27; Union (60180) 15; and Ringwood and Wonder Lake (60072) 8 .   

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