FRANKLIN CO. – The Franklin-Williamson Bi-County Health Department was notified by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Friday that Franklin County is now at the warning level for coronavirus (COVID-19).
Franklin County saw cases or outbreaks associated with businesses, large social gatherings, and out of state travel. There have also been several instances of multiple cases among family members in the same, large household.
A county enters a warning level when two or more COVID-19 risk indicators that meas ure the amount of COVID-19 increase.
IDPH uses numerous indicators when determining if a county is experiencing stable COVID-19 activity, or if there are warning signs of increased COVID-19 risk in the county. They include new cases per 100,000 people, number of deaths, weekly test positivity, ICU availability, weekly emergency department visitis, weekly hospital admissions, tests performed and clusters.
Now that Franklin County is orange, it is a warning to the community that the risk of COVID-19 is increasing. The hope is that people will take this warning to heart and adjust their personal behavior, including their mitigation strategies, to help lower the risk.
Franklin County is among 14 counties on the warning list that includes Jefferson, Perry and Union counties. Williamson County was on the warning list last week and has since been removed.