40 New COVID Cases In Winnebago County; Rising Positivity Rate

WNIJ’s Chase Cavanaugh reports:

The Winnebago County Health Department reported scores of new cases of COVID-19 at a press conference Monday. 

Public Health Administrator Sandra Martell said a lot of the transmission is due to Labor Day weekend activities. The ages of those infected vary.

“And those ages are anywhere from two years to 68,” she said. “This brings our total to 4,794 cases.” 

Martell is also worried about an increasing positivity rate.

“We are reporting a positivity rate of 6.8%. And remember, we are trying to keep below that 7%, so we need to double down on our prevention efforts.”

Martell said measures to prevent further spread, such as face coverings and social distancing, are necessary to keep schools and workplaces open.