The seven-day positivity rate on campus continues to decline, dropping from 0.9 to 0.7 percent Friday after Wednesday and Thursday numbers were counted on Friday.
Out of 11,993 new tests on Wednesday, 47 tested positive, with a rate of 0.4%.
Out of 6,626 new tests on Thursday, 34 tested positive, with a rate of 0.5%.
These are the lowest positivity rates on consecutive days on campus August 27-28, when the UI had consecutive days of 0.4%.
As of August 24, when classes began, there have been 1,547 unique cases of COVID-19 on campus.
There have been 1,829 cases since August 16, when the move week began.
Here is a daily breakdown of tests and unique cases since students began reporting to campus in mid-August, according to the COVID-19 UI dashboard:
- Thursday 10 September: 6,626 new tests, 34 new cases
- Wednesday 9 September: 11,993 new tests, 47 new cases
- Tuesday 8 September: 11,621 new tests, 81 new cases
- Monday 7 September: 6,299 new tests, 69 new cases
- Sunday 6 September: 2,987 new tests, 37 new cases
- Saturday 5th September: 2,609 new tests, 37 new cases
- Friday 4th September: 14,204 new tests, 104 new cases
- Thursday 3 September: 14,841 new tests, 88 new cases
- Wednesday 2 September: 7,089 new tests, 120 new cases
- Tuesday 1st September: 14,367 new tests, 199 new cases
- Monday 31 August: 17,227 new tests, 230 new cases
- Sunday 30th August: 3,640 new tests, 104 new cases
- Saturday 29 August: 2,895 new tests, 50 new cases
- Friday 28 August: 15,030 new tests, 65 new cases
- Thursday 27 August: 15,123 new tests, 60 new cases
- Wednesday 26 August: 6,812 new tests, 54 new cases
- Tuesday 25 August: 15,850 new tests, 89 new cases
- Monday 24 August: 17,656 new tests, 79 new cases
- Sunday 23 August: 4,474 new tests, 53 new cases
- Saturday 22 August: 3,326 new tests, 43 new cases
- Friday 21 August: 10,877 new tests, 54 new cases
- Thursday 20 August: 10,742 new tests, 52 new cases
- Wednesday 19 August: 6,300 new tests, 29 new cases
- Tuesday 18th August: 6,162 new tests, 20 new cases
- Monday 17 August: 9,064 new tests, 24 new cases
- Sunday 16th August: 2,453 new tests, 7 new cases
After recording four positive tests for COVID-19 this week, the Blue Ridge School District will switch to distance learning until at least September 25, Steve Hoffman, Republican editor of the Piatt County Journal relationships.
Blue Ridge becomes the first entire district in the area to switch to distance learning; in the past three weeks, similar action has been taken in two high schools, Cerro Gordo and Salt Fork.
The positive tests involved two staff members, a Schneider Elementary student and a Blue Ridge High School student.
“We are coordinating our efforts with the DeWitt / Piatt Bi-County Health Department to promptly identify and monitor people who have had recent contact with COVID-19 people to prevent further spread within our school and community. “Superintendent Hillary Stanifer said. “We are following the lead of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as state and local health departments for best practices and procedures to protect everyone’s health.”
Monday will be a remote planning day for jobless staff assigned to students who have attended personally two days a week. Distance education for all students will start the next day.
Staff members and students who were in close contact with COVID-19 cases will be quarantined for 14 days. A thorough cleaning of the district buildings is also planned.
The number of new cases in Ford County increased by five on Friday, to 125.
Of these, 19 are classified as active, and one resident was hospitalized, according to the county health department.
The 20 to 29 age range had the most cases (22), followed by 30 to 39 (19).
Vermilion was among the 30 counties added to the list of COVID-19 warning levels on Friday, the Illinois Department of Public Health announced.
County metrics are evaluated every Friday; any county with two or more risk indicators, as defined by the state, is added.
Of concern in Vermilion, according to IDPH:
– New cases per 100,000: Vermilion is at 96, significantly higher than the target rate of 50 or lower.
– Emergency room visits for COVID-19-like diseases: The number of Vermilion has increased by 1.5% in the last week; the target is “decreasing or stable” over seven days.
“This is a warning and an opportunity for us to remember and encourage businesses and residents to be considerate,” said Doug Toole, Vermilion County Public Health Administrator. “If we stay on the alert list, and other counties in our region do, too, the state could temporarily tighten some of the guidelines to aid social distancing and help us return to a low-risk situation.”
The 30 counties at the alert level:
- St. Clair
Although the reasons for counties reaching an alert level vary, some of the common factors include: an increase in cases and outbreaks is associated with college parties, weddings, large gatherings, bars and clubs, long-term care facilities, and others congregated contexts, trips to neighboring states and widespread among members of the same family who do not isolate themselves at home.
Later Friday, Toole announced that the county had 13 new cases, including a child, pushing the total to 418. Also contracting the virus: four residents in their 20s, four in their 50s, and two in their 70s, plus one person each in their 30s and 60s.
Three of the new cases belong to the same family, two others belong to another family, and one recently went to a theme park, Toole said.
Of the 738 Champaign County residents with active COVID-19 cases, only one is hospitalized.
(As Deb Pressey reported Thursday, that doesn’t mean local hospitals only have one COVID patient: Carle, who hails from a region of 41 counties, had 20 patients at her Urbana hospital this week.)
Of 22,293 new tests in the past two days in Champaign County, 356 tested positive, a rate of 1.6 percent, C-U Public Health reported Friday.
The county’s seven-day positivity rate is 1.0%, up slightly from 0.7% on Wednesday, but well below the state rate of 3.9%.
Other noteworthy numbers from Friday’s case data, which spans two days because the CUPHD prioritized case investigations on Thursday and didn’t update the totals:
- Of the 356 new cases, 304 involved residents of the two Campustown CAPs: 61820 (+ 255) and 61801 (+49).
- Of 738 positive cases, 601 come from these two postal codes.
- Positive cases it’s up 108 since Wednesday.
- Cases recovered have increased by 248 (to 2,662).
- A Zip code of the 28th county was added to Allerton’s list of confirmed cases Friday – 61810, which straddles Champaign and Vermilion counties.
- During the pandemic, 347,668 test have now produced 3,420 cases. The number of coronavirus-related cases deceased remains 20.
Below is an updated summary of the county’s zip codes with active cases followed by the total number of cases, according to data from the C-U Public Health District. (Note that the changes cover two days of data, as no cases were updated on Thursday.)
- 61820 / Champagne: 521 active (out of 58 since Wednesday), 1,482 total (out of 255)
- 61801 / Urban: 80 active (out of 20 since Wednesday), 310 total (out of 49)
- 61822 / Champagne: 26 active (up to eight compared to Wednesday), 236 in total (out of 13)
- 61821 / Champagne: 22 active (out of four since Wednesday), 368 total (out of 10)
- 61802 / Urban: 19 active (out of five since Wednesday), 285 total (out of seven)
- 61873 / St. Joseph: 15 active (two less than Wednesday), 57 in total (three more)
- 61853 / Mahomet: 12 active (out of three compared to Wednesday), 118 total (out of four)
- 61874 / Savoy: 12 active (four out of four compared to Wednesday), 88 total (four out of four)
- 61866 / Rantoul: 8 active (one more than Wednesday), 285 in total (one more)
- 61880 / Tolono: 7 active (one up since Wednesday), 46 in total (one up)
- 61863 / Pesotum: 3 active (up by one from Wednesday), 12 in total (up by two)
- 61878 / Thomasboro: 3 active (one up since Wednesday), 9 in total (one up)
- 61877 / Sidney: 2 active (up by one since Wednesday), 17 in total (up by one)
- 61859 / Ogden: 2 active (one up from Wednesday), 6 in total (one up)
- 61843 / Fisher: 1 active (down since Wednesday), 33 total (up)
- 61864 / Filone: 1 active (up from Wednesday), 12 in total (up)
- 61847 / Gifford: 1 active (unchanged from Wednesday), 8 total (unchanged)
- 61872 / Sadorus: 1 active (unchanged since Wednesday), 4 total (unchanged)
- 61810 / Allerton: 1 active (increase by one from Wednesday), 1 total (increase by one)
- 61845 / Foosland: 0 active (unchanged since Wednesday), 10 total (unchanged)
- 61875 / Seymour: 0 active (unchanged since Wednesday), 6 total (unchanged)
- 61849 / Homer: 0 active (unchanged since Wednesday), 6 total (unchanged)
- 60949 / Ludlow: 0 active (unchanged since Wednesday), 6 total (unchanged)
- 61840 / Dewey: 0 active (unchanged since Wednesday), 5 total (unchanged)
- 61871 / Royal: 0 active (unchanged since Wednesday), 5 total (unchanged)
- 61816 / Broadlands: 0 active (unchanged since Wednesday), 1 total (unchanged)
- 61851 / Ivesdale: 0 active (unchanged since Wednesday), 1 total (unchanged)
- 61862 / Penfield: 0 active (unchanged since Wednesday), 1 total (unchanged)
Here is an updated breakdown of confirmed county cases by age group, according to CUPHD data:
- 11 to 20: 1,331 cases (up to 231 from Wednesday); 30.1 percent of all tests in Champaign County
- From 21 to 30: 870 cases (up to 98 from Wednesday); 31.2 percent of tests
- 31 to 40: 381 cases (up nine since Wednesday); 11.1 percent of tests
- 41 to 50: 271 cases (up to eight from Wednesday); 8.9 percent of the tests
- 51 to 60: 220 cases (up to six since Wednesday); 8.2 percent of the tests
- 10 and below: 136 cases (up to two from Wednesday); 1.8 percent of tests
- 61 to 70: 114 cases (up to two from Wednesday); 5.1 percent of tests
- 71 to 80: 54 cases (up by one since Wednesday); 2.1 percent of tests
- 81 to 90: 32 cases (unchanged since Wednesday); 1.0 percent of tests
- 91 to 100: 11 cases (unchanged since Wednesday); 0.4 percent of tests
Of 56,661 new tests across the state, 2,145 returned positive on Friday, with a rate of 3.8%.
The state’s seven-day positivity rate increased slightly, from 3.8 to 3.9 percent.
The Illinois Department of Public Health also reported 32 lives lost to COVID-19 on Friday:
- Coles County: 1 male from the 80s
- Cook County: 1 woman 50 years old, 1 man 60 years old, 2 women 70s, 4 women 80s, 1 woman 90s
- DuPage County: 1 woman from the 60s, 1 woman from the 70s, 1 man from the 70s, 1 man from the 80s
- Greene County: 1 male from the 60s
- Jersey County: 1 woman from the 80s
- Kane County: 1 woman from the 60s, 1 woman from the 90s
- Lake County: 1 male from the 70s
- Macon County: 1 woman from the 90s
- Madison County: 1 woman from the 70s, 1 woman from the 90s
- Peoria County: 1 woman from the 90s
- Rock Island County: 1 woman from the 80s
- St. Clair County: 1 male from the 70s, 1 male from the 90s
- Tazewell County: 1 woman from the 70s
- Wayne County: 1 woman from the 70s
- Will County: 1 woman from the 70s, 1 woman from the 90s
- Williamson County: 1 woman from the 70s, 1 man from the 80s
Total pandemics, according to IDPH: 4,632,382 tests, 257,788 cases, 8,273 deaths.