McHenry County reports 264 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, two additional deaths

Tier 3 mitigation measures take effect across Illinois

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The McHenry County Department of Health reported 264 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and two additional deaths Friday.

The county's latest two COVID-19-related deaths were a man in his 50s and a man in his 60s, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

This brings the county's totals to 11,602 confirmed cases, 136 related deaths and six probable deaths. The county's recovery rate currently sits at 98%.

McHenry County residents have been tested a total of 137,529 times since the pandemic began, according to county-specific data collected by the IDPH.

Tier 3 of the IDPH's COVID-19 mitigation measures took effect across the state on Friday. The new restrictions shut down a few industries, such as casinos and theaters, and tighten capacity restrictions on many others.

In order to move back to Tier 2, which is less restrictive, Region 9 (McHenry and Lake counties) must meet three metrics tracked by the IDPH.

First, the region must report a seven-day average test positivity rate of less than a 12% for three consecutive days. As of Friday, McHenry County's positivity rate was 19.2% and Region 9 was at 15.4%.

Second, intensive care unit and hospital bed availability must be greater than 20% for three consecutive days. Region 9 was satisfying this metric as of Friday.

Third, the region must show a decline in average COVID-19 hospitalizations for seven out of the past ten days. On Friday, Region 9 reported six days of increases in hospital admissions for the coronavirus out of the past ten days, according to regional data from the IDPH.

The Lake County Health Department reported a total of 31,060 confirmed cases and 570 related deaths Friday.

Statewide, the IDPH reported a total of 634,395 confirmed cases and 11,304 related deaths. So far, Illinois has conducted 9,588,698 COVID-19 tests. The statewide recovery rate is 97%.

Among McHenry County ZIP codes, Crystal Lake (60014) has the highest number of COVID-19 cases with a total of 1,747 confirmed cases, according to county data. Woodstock (60098) follows with 1,471 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: McHenry (60050) 1,156; Lake in the Hills (60156) 1,060; Huntley (60142) 900; Algonquin (60102) 891; Harvard (60033) 813; Johnsburg and McHenry (60051) 753; Cary (60013) 693; Marengo (60152) 494; Wonder Lake (60097) 384; Crystal Lake, Bull Valley and Prairie Grove (60012) 355; Spring Grove (60081) 276; Island Lake (60042) 147; Richmond (60071) 129; Fox River Grove (60021) 121; Hebron (60034) 61; Union (60180) 42; Barrington (60010) 36; and Ringwood and Wonder Lake (60072) 22.

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