Virginia- Although no new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Cass County Friday, the Illinois Department of Public Health has once again identified Cass as a warning county based on IDPH metrics. Those statistics suggest higher risk of community spread at gatherings and events where social distancing and masking guidelines are not being adhered to, according to the IDPH. This is the eighth week out of the last nine that Cass County has been identified under warning status.
Cass County’s overall COVID case count remains at 398. The total number recovered is 353, with 11 deaths. There are currently no cases hospitalized.
“Our consistent presence on the list suggests that these metrics are accurate and that the population of Cass County is at a higher risk of community spread than most other Illinois communities,” according to a news release from the county health department. “COVID-19 is present in our community. Without action from our residents, it will continue to get worse.
“The good news is that we know that individual behaviors can help to slow and prevent the spread in our community. Staying home when sick, wearing a mask, social distancing, limiting time spent in public places, and washing hands frequently have worked for other populations to gain better control of COVID. These basic actions can work in our community too, but we all have to work together and commit to improving the health of Cass County.”