December 03, 2022
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McHenry County reports 179 new COVID-19 cases, four additional deaths

The McHenry County Department of Health reported 179 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and four additional deaths Wednesday.

This brings the county's totals to 12,432 confirmed cases, 147 related deaths and six probable deaths. The county's recovery rate currently sits at 98%.

In observance of Thanksgiving, McHenry County's COVID-19 dashboard won't be updated again until Monday.

McHenry County residents have been tested a total of 145,688 times since the pandemic began, according to county-specific data collected by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

The IDPH reported that a man in his 40s, woman in her 80s and man in his 80s were the three latest deaths in McHenry County.

Tier 3 of the IDPH's COVID-19 mitigation measures took effect across the state Friday. The new restrictions shut down a few industries, such as casinos and theaters, and tightened capacity restrictions on many others.

In order to move back to Tier 2, which is less restrictive, Region 9 (McHenry and Lake counties) must meet three metrics tracked by the IDPH.

First, the region must report a seven-day average test positivity rate of less than a 12% for three consecutive days. As of Wednesday, McHenry County's positivity rate was 16.7% and Region 9 was 13.5%, down from 14% Tuesday.

Second, intensive care unit and hospital bed availability must be greater than 20% for three consecutive days. As of Wednesday, Region 9 was satisfying both metrics for ICU and hospital beds.

Third, the region must show a decline in average COVID-19 hospitalizations for seven out of the past ten days. On Wednesday, Region 9 reported five days of decreases in hospital admissions for COVID-19 out of the past 10 days, according to regional data from the IDPH.

The Lake County Health Department reported a total of 33,358 confirmed cases and 596 related deaths as of Wednesday.

The Kane County Health Department has reported a total of 28,993 confirmed cases and 419 deaths.

Statewide, the IDPH reported a total of 685,467 confirmed cases and 11,832 related deaths. So far, Illinois has conducted 10,104,537 COVID-19 tests. The statewide recovery rate is 97%.

Among McHenry County ZIP codes, Crystal Lake (60014) has the highest number of COVID-19 cases with a total of 1,891 confirmed cases, according to county data. Woodstock (60098) follows with 1,572 cases.

The McHenry County health department reports only ZIP code data that is located within McHenry County, a department spokeswoman said. Any discrepancies between county and IDPH numbers likely are because of the data's provisional nature and because each health department finalizes its data at different times, she said.

The following is the rest of the local breakdown of cases by ZIP code: McHenry (60050) 1,253; Lake in the Hills (60156) 1,143; Huntley (60142) 963; Algonquin (60102) 942; Harvard (60033) 863; Johnsburg and McHenry (60051) 808; Cary (60013) 730; Marengo (60152) 523; Wonder Lake (60097) 400; Crystal Lake, Bull Valley and Prairie Grove (60012) 381; Spring Grove (60081) 293; Island Lake (60042) 163; Richmond (60071) 138; Fox River Grove (60021) 140; Hebron (60034) 66; Union (60180) 44; Barrington (60010) 39; and Ringwood and Wonder Lake (60072) 25.