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Jo Daviess County is now one of 34 Illinois counties on the warning list


GALENA–Jo Daviess County is listed for the fourth time on the Illinois Department of Public Health’s (IDPH) warning list. The county first made the list at the end of July as the county hit three of the metrics that trigger the issuance of the warning.

The metrics that Jo Daviess County reached, for the week ending Oct. 10, were:

•267 cases per 100,000–The target is less than 50 cases per 100,000.

•460 tests performed–Testing is sufficient when test positivity is less than or equal to 8 percent.

•10.9 percent positivity–The target is less than or equal to 8 percent.

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Jo Daviess County is one of 34 in the state that were issued warning levels by the IDPH on Friday, Oct. 16. The other counties are Adams, Alexander, Boone, Cass, Christian, Clay, Clinton, Crawford, DeKalb, DeWitt, Jasper, Jefferson, Johnson, Kane, Lee, Macon, McDonough, McHenry, Mercer, Monroe, Pike, Pulaski, Randolph, Saline, Stephenson, Union, Vermilion, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Whiteside, Will and Winnebago.


Two deaths reported in one day

IDPH also reported two deaths of Jo Daviess County residents on Friday, Oct. 16. According to IDPH, one was a male in his 80s and the other was a male in his 90s. Earlier in the week, another death was reported in Jo Daviess County, a woman in her 90s. Those three deaths more than doubled the previous total in Jo Daviess County. Currently, five residents have died from COVID-19.

As of Monday, Oct. 19, 420 cases have been recorded in the county since March.