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Concern grows over increase in COVID-19 cases in Jo Daviess County; county is now at warning level


JO DAVIESS COUNTY–For the first time since Illinois entered Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan, a county in the Northern Illinois Rockford Region is at the warning level for coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced Jo Daviess County is considered to be at a warning level for COVID-19 today.

This increase in community spread of COVID-19 is associated with travel to hotspots including neighboring Iowa and larger social gatherings.

“As a community, we must heed the warning and work together to adhere to the social distancing and masking guidance that will help slow the spread of COVID-19 while moving our community forward toward recovery,” said Sandra Schleicher, Jo Daviess County Health Department administrator.

“Our individual actions impact our local community’s ability to prevent further morbidity and mortality from COVID-19 and will impact the safety of activities in our communities like the opening of schools.”

Area health departments are expressing concern that the spread of COVID-19 will continue to increase in communities throughout the region and will require additional strategies to protect the public’s health. The public is urged take steps to protect our communities and reduce the need to adhere to stricter guidance.

The public can to do their part to protect their community by consistently taking the following actions:

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•Wear a face mask: Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth covering.

•Watch your distance: Keep at least 6 feet apart from others.

•Wash your hands: Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for 20. seconds

The public can reduce the risk of becoming COVID-19 positive by leaving a place where guidelines are not being followed, people are not masking

As of July 30, the Jo Daviess County Health Department is reporting 111 cases of COVID-19 in Jo Daviess County–82 people have recovered–including 28, East Dubuque; 40, Galena; 10, Elizabeth; nine, Stockton; eight, Hanover; six, Scales Mound. The Illinois Department of Public Health doesn’t specify communities unless there are five or more cases in a community. One person has died.

In Stephenson County there were 313 reported cases and six deaths, and in Carroll, there were 43 reported cases, and three deaths.

On July 27 in Grant County, Wis., there 320 reported cases, and 14 deaths. In Dubuque County, Iowa, there were 1,470 cases, and 28 deaths.