Virus

Things continue to go in the wrong direction on the coronavirus front.

The La Salle County Health Department reported Friday that the county's COVID-19 Risk Metrics have been moved to level orange. Orange status means there are warning signs of increased COVID-19 risk in the county. Signs include 50 or more new cases per 100 thousand county residents, a 20-percent increase in deaths two weeks in a row, and a 20-percent increase in ER visits for COVID-like symptoms two weeks in a row. La Salle County now has a running total of 389 cases, but more than 40 percent of the cases have popped up just since July 5.. And, emergency room visits for COVID-like illness have more than doubled over the last few weeks. La Salle County is one of only four in Illinois to be at this heightened state.

On Friday, the county health department reported 13 new cases – a female youth and women in their 20s, 30s, 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. Three men were counted as new cases. They're in their 50s and 90s.

Meanwhile, the Bureau, Putnam and Marshall County Health Department Friday said each of those three counties had a new case on Friday.

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