Grundy County is now one 13 counties in Illinois to get a warning level for Covid-19. A county enters a warning level when two or more COVID-19 risk indicators increase.

Per the Illinois Department of Public Health, “Grundy County had a case rate of 73 per 100,000 people in Week 31 which is 50 more per 100,000 (threshold for warning) and an increase in Emergency Department visits for COVID-Like-Illness, among residents going to any Illinois hospital, that increased for two plus weeks, each week more than 20%.” The following is Grundy-specific data since mid-June, with the metrics of concern highlighted in orange.

Photo from Grundy Health Dpt

Photo from Grundy Health Department 

County-level data is intended to be used for local level awareness of each county’s progress and will help local leaders, businesses, local health departments, and the public make informed decisions and promote healthy behaviors.

Grundy County Health Director Michelle Pruim said 308 people have tested positive for Covid-19. From July 26th to August 1st, Grundy County had 73 people tests positive for Covid-19 and 59 the week before. Grundy County has had 255 people recovered from Covid-19 and five people have died.

The Grundy County Health Department said 3,630 people have been tested for Covid-19 since the pandemic started and 3,322 tests were negative.

Pruim said it’s her hope and expectation that leaders in our community use these warning signs to evaluate and better address local mitigation efforts, and that residents continue to practice social distancing, wear face coverings when in pubic and stay home when ill.

The Grundy County Board of Health and other local leaders committed to protecting and promoting the public’s health will be reviewing this data and potential mitigation strategies.

Grundy county Board Chairman Chris Balkema said he is very proud of the work that all of the Grundy County officials are doing to help keep all of us safe.  I am praying that the Covid-19 virus ends quickly.