Eighteen percent of Ogle County residents have been tested to see if they have COVID-19 or not, Ogle County Health Department Administrator Kyle Auman told the county board on Tuesday.
Auman gave a presentation to the Ogle County board members over the phone at their Tuesday meeting.
He said the county has had 8,726 negative tests since the beginning of the pandemic and that 18.2 percent of county residents have been tested. The county’s positivity rate is 4.5 percent, up one percent from last month, he said.
There is currently one individual from Ogle County hospitalized with COVID-19. The county has 56.8 intensive care beds available. The state threshold for that is 20 percent, Auman said.
“We’re starting to see an increase in hospital admissions in the region,” Auman said. “We are in a warning state for cases per 100,000 people, which is 77 cases currently. Anything over 50 is considered a warning. That’s on last week’s numbers.”
Auman said the health department is working closely with schools, the last of which are opening up this week. The health department has already seen COVID-19 activity and potential exposures in schools, he said.
Seven individuals have been hired by the county to do contact tracing and two are assigned to work specifically with schools.
“We’re working on personal protective equipment with schools,” Auman said. “We’re providing a couple boxes per school. With N-95 and students becoming positive, we want nurses and others at schools to provide PPE. We’re doing everything we can to keep testing rates up.”
County Board Member Wayne Reising (R, Oregon) asked where people are sent to get tested if they believe they’ve been exposed.
Auman said there are two state-run test sites in Rockford where there’s no criteria to get tested. Rochelle Community Hospital and KSB Hospital in Dixon do testing five days a week, but with stringent criteria to get tested. There are no state-run test sites in Ogle County.
“We’re looking at getting a state-run site here,” Auman said. “Our attempts have failed. Our first try was a grant partnership with KSB where they backed out due to capacity. The state also has mobile testing that’s temporary. We’re looking at other options. Someone could consult with a physician and get tested at a clinic.”
In its usual daily posting on Tuesday, the health department reported one new COVID-19 case bringing the county’s total to 451. Recoveries of documented cases stand at 427, up 33 from the previous day’s report.
Also on Tuesday, the Illinois Department of Public Health site indicated there are 214 cases in the 61068 zip code which includes Rochelle, Creston and White Rock.
Stillman Valley’s zip code, 61084, has 17 cases in it according to the IDPH site. Byron’s zip code, 61010, has 53 cases. Davis Junction (61020) has 20 cases.
The zip codes that house Oregon (61061) and Mt. Morris (61054) have 45 and 29 cases, respectively.
Polo’s zip code, 61064, has 25 cases in it. Leaf River (61047) has 10 cases.
The Ogle County Health Department reported its fifth death in the county on July 10, its first since June 1. Ages and locations of the individuals are not being released to protect their privacy.