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Sauk Valley has 37 new COVID-19 cases Friday

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The Whiteside County Health Department announced 10 new cases on Friday involving four people in their 30s, two in their 60s and people in their 20s, 40s, 70s and 80s.

Whiteside County also had 17 people on Friday lifted off of isolation and recovered.

Lee County announced two new cases Friday, one person in their 30s and one in their 50s. In addition, five Lee County residents were lifted off of isolation.

Ogle County had 17 new cases on Friday.

Carroll County had eight new cases on Friday, involving three people in their 70s, two in their 50s, one teenager, on in their 30s and one in their 60s.

Whiteside County has had 744 cases and 20 COVID-related deaths. Lee County has had 353 cases, 280 recoveries and one death. Ogle County has had 705 cases and six deaths. Carroll County has had 229 cases and five deaths.

Additional restrictions can be placed on any of the state's 11 health regions if the region sustains an increase in its average positivity rate for seven days out of a 10-day period.

A region may also become more restrictive if there is a seven-day increase in hospital admissions for COVID-19-related illness or a reduction in hospital medical/surgical beds or ICU capacity below 20%. If a region reports three consecutive days with greater than an 8% average positivity rate, additional infection mitigation will be considered through a tiered system of restriction guidelines offered by the IDPH.

The North region (Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside and Winnebago counties) has seen four days of positivity increases and one day of hospital admission increases, a decrease in both metrics. The region's positivity rate decreased for the first time in four days, this time to 7.6%, still the highest rate of any of the state's 11 regions. Currently, 38% of medical/surgical beds are available and 50% of ICU beds.

If Region 1 hits 8% positive for three consecutive days, IDPH will put the region on additional mitigations.

Illinois on Friday announced 2,514 new cases and 25 COVID-related deaths. The state has had 283,885 cases and 8,563 deaths.

Sterling has had 3,556 tests and 268 confirmed cases. Rock Falls has had 1,899 tests and 133 cases. Dixon has had 5,048 tests and 264 cases. Rochelle has had 3,420 tests and 332 cases.

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