SPRINGFIELD — After clearing a backlog of cases, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) recorded 5,368 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease on Friday.
The IDPH also said 29 counties are considered to be at a warning level for COVID-19. A county enters a warning level when two or more COVID-19 risk indicators that measure the amount of COVID-19 increase.
The department said that earlier this week, a slowdown in data processing within IDPH systems affected the reporting of tests due to the large volume of testing occurring in Illinois. Two system upgrades were put in place and the systems now have faster processing capacity. Although the slowdown did delay the reporting of some additional aggregate numbers, it did not affect the reporting of positive or negative results to individuals.
Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 245,371 cases, including 8,143 deaths, in 102 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years. The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from August 28 – September 3 is 4.1%.
The counties at a warning level on COVID-19 are Boone, Bureau, Clinton, Coles, Cumberland, Edgar, Effingham, Fayette, Greene, Henry, Jasper, Jefferson, Jersey, Lake, Lawrence, Madison, McLean, Monroe, Pulaski, Randolph, Rock Island, Shelby, Stark, St. Clair, Union, Wabash, Warren, Williamson, Will.
A map and information of each county’s status can be found on the IDPH website at https://www.dph.illinois.gov/countymetrics.