As of 11/16/20 there have been 1,045 confirmed cases and 141 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County. There have been 102 new confirmed cases and 11 new probable cases since our last update. 1 additional individual has passed away with COVID-19. We extend our prayers and deepest condolences to the family, friends, and community members affected by this loss.
Many of Iroquois County’s most recent cases have been epidemiologically linked to large events in the community such as unofficial homecomings and weddings. ICPHD is asking the public to refrain from attending large gatherings as this is causing increased illness within our community. We thank you in advance for your cooperation.
Due to the current surge in COVID-19 cases, ICPHD will not be reporting case age and gender until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we need to focus all our time on contact tracing and mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in our community.
Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for 11/16/2020. Please reference the following explanation of probable cases:
“The probable cases that we will be reporting on the daily press release are individuals who have been tested and are found to have a positive test result by a local clinic using "rapid" tests that are not, at this time, IDPH approved tests. These are antigen tests, not molecular tests, and are not laboratory confirmed. Therefore, those individuals who test positive using rapid testing from this source, will be reported as a probable case. Please note that there are different rapid tests available from different sources. Some rapid tests are IDPH approved while some are not. If individuals chose to be tested at a clinic or physician’s office that is using a test that is not IDPH approved and the results are positive, that individual will be listed as a probable case and will be required to isolate per health department protocol. Their direct, known and identified contacts will be quarantined. We realize that there are numerous definitions of Probable Cases but ICPHD will use the Probable Cases category to identify the individuals who have tested positive using a rapid test, not yet approved by IDPH, as these positive results are not laboratory confirmed.”
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