The Clinton County Health Department has been notified that Clinton County has been moved into the orange category due to rising risk metrics for COVID-19.
Counties who are meeting targets developed by COVID-19 mitigation experts are considered blue. Those who are not are considered orange.
A designation of orange should prompt individuals, businesses, and schools to revisit their current practices, plans, and behaviors as this designation indicates the risk of transmission of COVID-19 is higher than in other areas of the state and higher than it has been in the Clinton County area previously.
The Clinton County Health Department is reminding everyone to practice social distancing, wearing masks in public, avoiding large gatherings, self-monitoring for symptoms, and seeking medical attention promptly when symptoms develop.
The Clinton County Health Department is also working closely with the Illinois Department of Public Health to determine what additional mitigation strategies may need to be implemented, should the county remain in the high-risk category.
The Clinton County Health Department reported an additional eight new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday. 100 are now on home isolation and three are hospitalized. 320 others have been released from isolation.