Lake, McHenry Increase in COVID-19 positivity rate


LAKE AND MCHENRY COUNTIES, IL – Local health officials are once again urging residents to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and take precautions to prevent the spread of the virus as the positivity rate is again in increase in McHenry and Lake counties.

After weeks of record-breaking cases, Lake County health officials said on Friday that Region 9, which includes Lake and McHenry counties, has seen a recent increase in the number of cases. As of July 13, the region had a seven-day rolling average positivity rate of 1.6%.

Lake County’s positivity rate is 1.4% and McHenry County’s rate is 2.1%, according to recent state health data.

“We urge our community to continue taking precautions and getting vaccinated when eligible. If you received your first dose of a two-dose series (Pfizer and Moderna), be sure to get the second. dose of the series. Individuals are fully vaccinated two weeks after the second dose of a two-dose series or after the Johnson and Johnson one-dose COVID-19 vaccine, “according to the Lake County Health Department weekly bulletin on Friday.

As of Friday, 49% of McHenry County residents and 50.8% of Lake County residents had been fully immunized. Statewide, 49.77% of residents are fully immunized, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

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