Decatur, IL – The Macon County Health Department would like to remind residents that our county has moved into and maintained its presence in the warning level status for COVID-19 metrics. A county is put at warning level when two or more risk indicators increase. In Macon County, the number of cases per 100,000 people has been over 50 and emergency department visits for COVID-19 like illness have increased for two consecutive weeks. As a region, there has been an increase of COVID-19 patients for eight days. Region 6, which includes Macon County, is similarly experiencing an increase in test positivity rate.
The intended use of this data is to encourage individuals, families, community groups, local leaders, and businesses to consider limiting behaviors that increase the chance of spreading COVID-19 (hosting or attending gatherings, participating in certain types of activities, etc.) and strongly implement precautionary measures.
The COVID-19 pandemic is not over. The healthcare system and community leaders call on all community residents to do their part to prevent the spread of this virus.
Preventative measures include, but are not limited to:
- • Receiving a COVID-19 vaccine, if able.
- • Wearing a mask over your mouth and nose when appropriate.
- • Practicing social distancing.
- • Avoiding large gatherings.
- • Participating in contact tracing if contacted by the health department.
- • Adhering to isolation and quarantine guidance if directed.
- • Staying home if you are not feeling well.
All members of the community must do their part in this pandemic to protect the lives of Macon County residents and visitors.
The metrics referenced are updated weekly, from the Sunday-Saturday of the prior week. A map and information of each county’s status can be found on the IDPH website at https://www.dph.illinois.gov/countymetrics.