(7-1-22) Effingham, IL – The Effingham County Health Department (ECHD) announces 92 new cases of COVID have been reported from Friday, June 24 through Thursday, June 30, a 56% increase on last week’s numbers. We know this is an undercount due to the availability and use of home tests.
Positive case demographics for this week are as follows:

The IDPH also announced that Effingham County is now at a Medium Covid-19 Community Level.

To calculate Community Levels the CDC looks at the combination of three metrics — new COVID-19 hospital admissions per 100,000 population in the past 7 days, the 7-day average percent of staffed inpatient beds occupied by COVID-19 patients, and total new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population in the past 7 days. New COVID-19 admissions and the percent of staffed inpatient beds occupied represent the current
potential for strain on the health system. Data on new cases acts as an early warning indicator of potential increases in health system strain in the event of a COVID-19 surge or new variant.

Using this data, the COVID-19 Community Level is classified as low, medium, or high. Effingham is now classed as Medium Community Level.

With the Holiday Weekend beginning we’d like to remind people of the steps they can take to reduce their risk of COVID. The more steps you use, the increased level of protection you are creating for yourself:

• Stay up to date with your COVID vaccinations and boosters.
• Avoid crowded indoor spaces
• If you do go into crowded indoor spaces mask up (KN95 mask are very effective and comfortable to wear).
• Ensure good ventilation indoors.
• Do a rapid test before large gatherings and a few days after.
• Stay home and test if feeling unwell.
• Socialize outdoors.
• Wash your hands.

The Effingham County Health Department and its COVID Testing Center will be closed for the July 4th Holiday, reopening on Tuesday, July 5th.

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