Knox County COVID-19 Risk Metrics

Updated: Jul 6

Knox County, IL-The Knox County Unified Command reports that the Illinois Department of Public Health has updated County Level COVID-19 Risk Metrics weekly as part of efforts to increase local residents awareness of the County’s progress throughout Phase 4 of the Governor’s Restore Illinois Plan; http://www.dph.illinois.gov/countymetrics?county=Knox. The measures are updated weekly and are based on Sunday to Saturday of the prior week and are compared to a target value or expected trend.


Individuals, families, and community groups can use this critical data to help inform their choices about personal and family gatherings, as well as other activities they may choose to do. On the website, Illinois counties are either colored blue or orange. Blue indicates that your county is experiencing overall stable COVID-19 measures; however, if your county is orange, it indicates that the measures are indicating that there are warning signs of increased COVID-19 risks in the county.

If you visit the website you will see that Knox County is colored BLUE for data updated on April 9, 2021 for the measures from March 28, 2021 through April 3, 2021; measures include:

  • New cases per 100,000 – target is less than 50 per 100,000; Knox County is at 98 per 100,000. This measure is at a warning level.

  • Number of New Deaths – target is a decreasing or stable Sunday-Saturday; Knox County had zero (0) new deaths during the measurement period indicated above.

  • Test Positivity – target is less than or equal to 8%; Knox County is at a 2.2% positivity rate.

  • Tests Performed – target is sufficient testing available when test positivity is less than or equal to 8%; Knox County performed 2,366 tests during the measure week.

  • COVID Like Illness (CLI) Emergency Department Visits for Adults – target is for the percentage of CLI visits to be decreasing or stable for Sunday-Saturday; Knox County is currently at 2.5% with Emergency Department visits attributed to CLI.

  • Number of Hospital Admissions for COVID Like Illness – target is a decreasing or stable Sunday-Saturday; Knox County is currently <5.

  • Cluster of Cases – this is the percent of cases associated with a cluster. There is no target for this measure it is simply used to explain large increases in cases; Knox County is at 3.6%

  • Intensive Care Unit Beds Available – target is for at least 20% of ICU beds to be available; Knox County is currently at 22%.

Credible sources for information about COVID-19 include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention www.cdc.gov and Illinois Department of Public Health www.dph.illinois.gov. The following webpage, http://gis.ci.galesburg.il.us/COVID, is the official source of information on COVID-19 numbers for Knox County. For general questions about COVID-19, call the hotline at 1-800-889-3931, email dph.sick@illinois.gov or call your Knox County Health Department at 309-344-2224 or email covid19@knoxcountyhealth.org.

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