McHenry County reports 17 new cases of COVID-19

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The McHenry County Department of Health reported 17 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and no additional deaths Wednesday.

This brings countywide totals to 4,462 confirmed cases, 118 related deaths and four probable deaths as of Wednesday evening. The county’s recovery rate currently sits at 97%.

Two probable deaths were added Tuesday to the McHenry County COVID-19 dashboard. The first two probable deaths were identified and posted on the county dashboard over four weeks ago, Public Health Nursing Director Susan Karras said.

Probable deaths are defined as situations in which COVID-19 caused or contributed to the death of a person, and the case was symptomatic, epi-linked to a confirmed case or outbreak but was not confirmed with a test, according to the McHenry County Health Department.

“We conduct our investigation and classify [each] death as confirmed or probable,” Karras said Wednesday. “Once the investigations are completed, we add to our data set on the dashboard. Two were completed yesterday and added to the first [two] that were completed several weeks ago.”

McHenry County residents have been tested a total of 72,863 times since the pandemic began, according to county-specific data collected by the IDPH.

The Kane County Health Department reported a total of 12,832 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 327 deaths Wednesday.

The Lake County Health Department reported a total of 16,546 confirmed cases and 464 related deaths.

Statewide, the Illinois Department of Public Health reported a total of 279,114 confirmed cases and 8,508 related deaths. So far, Illinois has conducted a total of 5,231,607 COVID-19 tests. The statewide recovery rate is 96%.

Among McHenry County ZIP codes, Crystal Lake (60014) had the highest number of COVID-19 cases with a total of 673 confirmed cases, according to county data. Woodstock (60098) follows with 670 cases.

The McHenry County health department reports only ZIP code data that is located within McHenry County, a department spokeswoman said. Any discrepancies between county and Illinois Department of Public Health numbers are likely because of the data’s provisional nature and because each health department finalizes its data at different times, she said.

Here is the rest of the local breakdown of cases by ZIP code: Harvard (60033) 461; McHenry (60050) 413; Lake in the Hills (60156) 395; Algonquin (60102) 340; Huntley (60142) 291; Cary (60013) 286; Johnsburg and McHenry (60051) 215; Crystal Lake, Bull Valley and Prairie Grove (60012) 154; Marengo (60152) 152; Wonder Lake (60097) 120; Spring Grove (60081) 85; Island Lake (60042) 64; Fox River Grove (60021) 47; Richmond (60071) 46; Hebron (60034) 20; and Union (60180) nine.

All other ZIP codes have reported five cases or fewer, according to the health department.

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