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The Illinois Department of Public Health reported on Friday that 11 counties In Illinois are considered to be at a warning level when it comes to coronavirus disease.  A county enters a warning level when it experiences an increase in two or more categories from the COVID-19 resurgence Mitigation Plan. Counties listed on the warning level are Cass, Gallatin, Jackson, Jo Daviess, Johnson, Perry, Randolph, Saline, Sangamon, St. Clair, and White. 


Warning categories the IDPH uses as indicators are, new cases per 100,000 people, the number of deaths, weekly test positivity rates, ICU availability, weekly emergency department visits, weekly hospital admissions, tests performed, and clusters. 


Several counties are taking swift action to employ mitigation practices to prevent the spread of the virus such as the Mayor of Springfield ordering bar employees to wear masks or be subject to fines. 

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