McHenry County reports 705 new cases of COVID-19, eight additional deaths over the long weekend

The McHenry County Department of Health reported 705 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and eight additional confirmed deaths over the long weekend. This includes cases reported Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

This brings the county’s totals to 19,555 confirmed cases, 199 confirmed deaths and 12 deaths where the cause was likely COVID-19 but not confirmed. The county’s recovery rate currently sits at 98%.

Among the county’s latest deaths tied to COVID-19 were two women in their 70s, three men in their 70s and one woman in her 80s, according to data from the Illinois Department of Public Health.

McHenry County residents have been tested a total of 199,363 times since the pandemic began, according to county-specific data collected by the IDPH.

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In order to move 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 12% for three consecutive days. As of Monday, McHenry County’s positivity rate was 12.7% and Region 9 was at 9.9%. Region 9 now has seen 11 straight days below the 12% threshold.

Second, both intensive care unit and medical/surgical bed availability must be greater than 20% for three consecutive days.

As of Monday, Region 9 was satisfying this metric for ICU beds (26.8%), but not for medical/surgical beds (16.1%). The availability in McHenry County was 27.7% and 9.6%, respectively.

Third, the region must show a decline in average COVID-19 hospitalizations for seven out of the past 10 days. On Monday, Region 9 reported seven days of decreases in hospital admissions for COVID-19 out of the past 10 days.

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The Kane County Health Department reported a total of 41,104 confirmed cases and 564 deaths on Thursday, which was the last time their dashboard had been updated as of Monday evening.

The Lake County Health Department reported a total of 46,654 confirmed cases and 769 related deaths as of Monday.

Statewide, the IDPH reported a total of 984,880 confirmed cases and 16,834 related deaths. So far, Illinois has conducted 13,530,371 COVID-19 tests. The statewide recovery rate is 98%.

Among McHenry County ZIP codes, Crystal Lake (60014) has the highest number of COVID-19 cases with a total of 2,947 confirmed cases, according to county data. Woodstock (60098) follows with 2,366 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) 2,018; Lake in the Hills (60156) 1,749; Algonquin (60102) 1,441; Huntley (60142) 1,426; Cary (60013) 1,291; Johnsburg and McHenry (60051) 1,285; Harvard (60033) 1,267; Marengo (60152) 828; Crystal Lake, Bull Valley and Prairie Grove (60012) 727; Wonder Lake (60097) 633; Spring Grove (60081) 474; Island Lake (60042) 268; Richmond (60071) 221; Fox River Grove (60021) 217; Hebron (60034) 108; Union (60180) 77; Barrington (60010) 60; and Ringwood and Wonder Lake (60072) 45.

Kelli Duncan

Kelli Duncan is a reporter for the Northwest Herald covering county government as well as the communities of Huntley, Lake in the Hills, Marengo and Harvard. She has previously covered local politics, immigration and feature stories.