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Grundy County is back in the orange Covid-19 warning level for the fifth time out of six weeks. The Illinois Department of Public Health said a county must meet at least two indicators to be in the orange level. Grundy County has three indicators.

Those include if there are more than 50 new cases per 100,000 people in the county, which Grundy County had 143 cases. Another indicator is when the 7-day test positivity rate rises above 8% and Grundy County is at 9.3 percent. 

The last indicator Grundy County met was the number of tests performed in a week and that number totaled 707. This metric is used to provide context and indicate if more testing is needed in the county. Meanwhile, Health Director Michelle Pruim said 552 individuals have tested positive for COVID-19 in Grundy County.

Pruim said one male in his 70's, two females in their 80's and two males in their 90's have died in Grundy County as each lived with underlying health conditions.

The Grundy County Health Department has coordinated with the IL Department of Public Health to provide a mobile unit locally. Testing will be offered to anyone – regardless of symptoms or asymptomatic – by way of a nasal swab. Results will be available 4-7 days after specimen collection. Residents of any county are invited to this site, and should bring a health insurance card, but no one will be turned away for inability to pay.

The mobile testing units will be available: Saturday, September 12 and Sunday, September 13 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at Saratoga School. IDPH plans to dispatch a mobile unit regardless of weather conditions, but the site manager may choose to hold off on opening or decide to close early if weather becomes too concerning.