COVID cases continue to climb in DeWitt and Piatt Counties and the Bi-County Health Department is keeping a close on the situation.
Executive Director of the DeWitt/Piatt Bi-County Health Department, Dave Remmert says over the weekend roughly 16 new cases were announced. He points out they are seeing the younger populations being the group contracting this virus.
While cases day-over-day are increasing, Remmert says the numbers coming in are not necessarily shocking because of the fact younger people are contracting the virus, the area is doing a good job protecting the vulnerable populations, thus resulting in few hospitalizations and fatalities.
Many may wonder about this community event or that gathering causing a spread of the coronavirus locally but Remmert says the vast majority of their tracing efforts are showing the virus to be mostly spread through household contacts.
DeWitt County remains on the Governor's COVID Warning List and while cases have spiked and that being a major contributor to that designation, Remmert continues to maintain the low testing numbers, especially in DeWitt County, remains part of the reason for DeWitt County being on the warning list.
Remmert anticipates testing numbers to go up with the offering of an IDPH mobile testing unit on October 10-11 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This mobile testing unit will provide free tests and will be parked at the agency's office located at 5924 Revere Road in0 Clinton. We'll have more details on this testing with Remmert later this week on Regional Radio News.
Remmert says the schools are doing very well. He points out there are some cases in the school system but that has thus far, not been a source of the spread of this virus locally.