The latest state-issued COVID-19 warning level list includes both La Salle and Lee counties.
They are among a list of 51 locations in Illinois that has reached a virus warning level. That’s exactly half of all counties in the state. In order to get the warning, a county shows at least two COVID-19 risk indicators.
The indicators include: increase in COVID-19 deaths for two consecutive weeks; 8 percent or higher rise in weekly positivity rate; weekly emergency department visits; weekly hospital admissions; and cases associated with clusters or outbreaks.
The warning from the Illinois Department of Public Health says they are seeing businesses blatantly disregarding mitigation measures and people not social distancing along with gathering in groups and not wearing masks.
The warning level list is intended to just bring awareness to increased COVID-19 activity.