Cases continue to spike locally however, local metrics are very strong compared to other parts of the area.
DeWitt/Piatt Bi-County Health Department Director Dave Remmert indicates cases are continuing to rise locally but he continues to monitor fatalities and hospitalizations. He also believes it is good to compare how DeWitt and Piatt Counties are doing compared to other parts of the state.
According to Remmert, DeWitt and Piatt County have much lower incidence rates, hospitalization rates, and fatality rates than surrounding counties. And that is encouraging to him.
Monticello High School and Clinton High School went remote last week and will remain in remote learning this week. Remmert believes shutting down a building for a couple of weeks is a good thing to get the situation under control but stands with superintendents that do not want to go back to remote learning full-time.
According to Health Department data, Piatt County has the area's lowest incidence rate while DeWitt County is third. Piatt County's zero fatalities mark the area's lowest death rate while DeWitt County comes in fifth behind Champaign County, Logan County, and McLean County.
Remmert says he will try to provide this data about once a week on top of the several-times-a-week frequency with which they publish their other data.