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Winnebago County’s 7-day rolling positivity rate for COVID-19 reaches 9 percent

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Winnebago County Coronavirus

WINNEBAGO COUNTY (WREX) — The rate in which COVID-19 tests are coming back positive in Winnebago County continues to rise.

On Monday, Dr. Sandra Martell, the Public Health Administrator with the Winnebago County Health Department, said the county's 7-day rolling positivity rate is up to 9%.

Dr. Martell says there is not one event or reason as to leading to the spike in the positivity rate for the virus.

Dr. Martell also said the county reported 225 new cases of the virus since Friday. The county is also seeing new cases at a rate of every 200 per 100,000, according Dr. Martell. The state's goal for the "per 100,000" metric is 50 per 100,000.

Winnebago County is in Region 1 of the state's Restore Illinois plan, which also includes Boone, Ogle, Stephenson and Lee counties. On Monday, IDPH reported the region's 7-day rolling positivity rate is at 8% as of Friday, Sept. 25, according to IDPH. Health officials with the state tell 13 News there's a 2-3 day lag in reporting the positivity rate to ensure accuracy.

If Region's 1 rate remains at 8% or higher for two more consecutive days, additional restrictions will be put into place by the state.

Here's a look at what restrictions could be put in place by the state:

  • Meetings, social events, and other gatherings could be limited to the lesser of 25 individuals or 25 percent of overall room capacity 
  • All bars, restaurants, gaming facilities, and casinos will be forced to close early
  • All reception halls closed 
  • Party buses would not be allowed to operate 
  • Reservations would be required for each party at restaurants and bars, and no congregating indoors or outdoors 
  • Indoor tables reduced to six people or less 
  • No dancing indoors  
  • Removal of bar stools at bars to help prevent congregating 

Dr. Martell also addressed the businesses/establishments which have had complaints filed against them for not following COVID-19 guidelines.

Berean Baptist School, CJ's Public House and Toni's in Winnebago are all working to get under compliance. Dr. Martell says the health department will be meeting with all three establishments this week.

Choice Furniture, which has also been issued a complaint, has not followed up with the health department and will be inspected again this week.