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Tracking Covid-19S Rise in Chicagos Suburbs
"I'm Justin Kauffman and this is reset. When Kobe nineteen first arrived in Illinois the city of Chicago got hit the hardest for new numbers show that suburbs in the collar. County are now ground zero for the Pandemic Governor Pritzker confirmed it yesterday at a press conference. So, here's what we've got. Chicago's positivity rate is around four point, five percent meanwhile the cook. County suburbs and King County. Positively, rates of five point, eight percent lake counties that five percents coming up. We'll talk to health department officials from Cooking Lake County I. We've got Bob Macabre and on the line Bob's Chicago Tribune reporter following covid nineteen in the burbs. Baba just mentioned a bunch of areas I'll let you reveal where the biggest number coming from well Kendall County had the highest percentage increases. That will positively rate was six point, eight percent and all the collar counties accept you page were higher than Chicago so it was kind. Of Yeah flip the script from where it was. You know a couple of months ago. Right? There was a big push. I. Remember the system the last couple of weeks where the suburbs namely dupage county, which is at four percent but but dupage county and and the other wanted to not be grouped Chicago They WanNa be grouped Cook County they wanted to to have a different zone if you will in the city of car or then the city Chicago and the governor complied made what eleven different districts in State of Illinois so. The, how they have have wanted to stay away from Chicago. But at the same time now it's coming towards them. Right well, yeah Chicago had way more cases to start with and in the suburbs did not. So they didn't WanNa be grouped in with them for purposes of restrictions do cove it. So they got their wish the governor cuts them loose from Chicago and He created you know eleven different districts around the state, and so you've got like Lake and McHenry together in one region. And do page in Cain, etc. But now, of course they're seeing their their numbers rise there in the suburbs were the source. There were more cases in the suburbs. Then anywhere else why is that? Why? Why? Why do you think that is I mean obviously, it's hard to speculate. But but why do you think that they're getting hit harder than than say the epicenter which was Chicago and Cook County. A related restrictions placed around the state, but especially in Chicago and Now the health officials say it's young people mostly that are spreading it now at parties and social gatherings, I mean a couple of examples in my story in the tribune were lake surrogate US Open Sports Cam, and they've had like seventy three cases. Last I checked traced from people at that sports camp and then Down Lincoln East High School in Frankfort Illinois had prom in. Indiana Big Prom celebration. They got a bunch of cases they got. There's like you're sixty some cases in that Frankfort area now last I checked so Yeah. I'll just say it's things like restaurants and churches and social gatherings that are really spreading down and the the twenty to twenty nine age group is as a fastest growing number case when you have those two instances that you mentioned Bob when you're talking about the camp and League Zurich or the Prom in Frankfurt when you're talking about numbers that are relatively low. The does that skew the numbers in the way that you know because it's such a big outbreak. I'm not sure how many but it was it was over sixty, two hundred kids or something like that. So does that skew skewered the the the numbers you're talking about some of these numbers like in Kendall County and The Number of cases is actually fairly low and the number of fatalities very low as a daily herald recorded the J Griffin, my friends Herald report. The downstate numbers are way up to they accounted for forty percent of the cases last week from from downstate. So it would be a bigger spike because there are fewer people overall, but it's still concerning that the rate of spread you know outside of the city i WanNa play a quick clip from governor Pritzker. And seed an update on the region and keeping the positivity rates below the goal of five percent. Let's take a listen two weeks ago. Ten of our eleven story Illinois regions had seven-day rolling positively rates below five percent. That's ten of eleven at below five percent two weeks ago by last week that had dropped to only five regions below five percent. As of yesterday's data update, we have just four regions with a positivity rate below five percent well. Begs the question about as we as we hear about those increases if there's Concern that some of these regions are GonNa have to go back a phase or or go see tighter restrictions. How how are the suburbs looking at that especially ones that are close to the edge. Well there. Other numbers are not bad as far as hospitalizations and deaths in ICU bed. So that is one positive aspects to this. So you know the the parents tiffany rate is one measure but there, there are these other measures that the state looks at So these areas are in danger of getting more restrictions than Cook County issued more restrictions because their numbers are up now buyers can only serve out outdoors knowing your bars now county and you know if you go out to eat there, you're supposed to limit to six people at a table. So you know yeah, we can go backwards if this keeps spreading. That Chicago Tribune reporter Bob McCowan Bob thanks for breaking it down for us. Appreciate it. Thanks Jesse and I want to dig into what some of the suburban counties are doing to confront the rises. In these cases. In a moment we're going to hear from the head of the health department in Lake County but first let's turn to suburban Cook on. The line with Dr Rachel Ruben he senior medical officer for the Cook County Department of Public. Health Dr Rubin welcomed reset. Thank you very much. You heard what Bob was talking about and we're talking about suburban Cook County are there specific suburbs that are concerning you a which we may be seeing more faster rates than than usual there are certainly certain pockets. Throughout the suburbs of suburban. Cook. That we have been seeing sort of like these many clusters, these outbreaks that were just described you know whether there's been a graduation party or around summer camps or big pool parties are weddings is another one and I wouldn't want to pinpoint a particular suburb versus another but we have seen pockets in the north. West is seen could the first south and we've also seen pockets in the far west, and so it's fairly widespread and we have on our website at. Cook County Public Health Dot Org maps where it shows where. Hot hotspots have been. creeping up. So it's not a particular suburb or a particular set of suburbs, per se but a lot of this is being generated by what was just discussed where there have been young people that have been congregating and there have been parties or events or things around summer camps that have been spurred sort of these newer clusters of cases not all of the cases, right? That's not the. Right for the rice but when when you talk about cases, we have to talk about the the other things that are involved that including hospital admissions. When when there's a steady increase, which we see in suburban Cook County is it is it social gatherings? The young people are driving that or are you seeing different age that that is being hospitalized? So. That's a very good question. In fact, we are not seeing a steady rise in hospitalization rates. It's actually been fairly steady, which is good. We have been ranging between three days of an increased positive versus four, and we go sort of back and forth, and we've been a couple of times over the last week. It's been on this seven day rolling average two days of an increase So it goes up and down. But if you look overall, if you look at our graphs, actually are hustle rates are not showing significant consistent rise but our case rates have been, which means the number of positive cases divided by the number of tests that are being done have been steadily. Increasing and the largest group of rise of patients have been in the younger ages, maybe eighteen to twenty nine and maybe even some younger younger go younger groups and so what that means is that age group is less likely to have more severe cases of Covid and thus less likely to need hospitalization, and luckily we have not seen a significant rise in hospitalizations but we are watching that very, very careful to hospitals in suburban Cook County. You have to be prepared for that How do you do that? How do you make sure because? I mean there's there's so much that goes into the capital to make that possible. You know at as it's not just easy to flip a switch. So how do you make sure that they're ready just in case hospital admissions have an uptick. Especially, those that were sort of the main have been the main medical care providers. For Kobe, cases, you know there's been a lot of lessons learnt when we had the major surge, is you know in March and April? and indeed they have to be prepared by making sure that they have enough personal protective equipment on on. Supply in inventory to make sure that their staff to stay well so that they will have enough staffing. because. You know there's a certain amount of fatigue and our frontline medical workers as well as the public health workers. You know where we're working sort of twenty, four seven, not only to to mitigate the spread of the disease but also to prevent that next search Dr Rubin, senior. Medical Officer. For the Cook County Department of Public Health talking about the rising case in suburban Cook. County? Dr Rubin. Thanks for your time today appreciate it. Thank you very much are let's turn to Lake County now that includes the suburbs like Highland Park Keegan forest there positively rates at about five percent little higher than Chicago, but still on the low end compared to other suburbs on the line with us now mark fister he's the head of the Lake County Public Health, department mark welcome to reset. Thank you very much for having me today. We heard Dr Rubin and also Bob McCowan and talking about the rise in cases and really kinda looking at a younger demographic for for that for that area. That's what you're seeing county. Yeah. That's the same situation worsening here in Lake County and the definitely some cases are on the rise. But as Rachel just said is that we're seeing some fluctuation with that and we're also seeing seeing the same links to social gatherings in particular may because I live in Chicago I I've been told and I had the mayor in the Cook County Public Health Department come out and pretty much tell me if I go to social gathering I'm going to get find Some form like that but there's a lot of put into that what is driving social gatherings and and also just the idea that there are these social gathering being permitted in suburbs Lake County. Well I think whenever you have a social gathering, you have the opportunity for the transmission of the virus, and so we've been using the tagline follow. The three WS is that you need to wear a mask you need to watch your social distancing and you also need to wash your hands and and that's what we're seeing not happen at these gatherings is that people are not following that You know they're not social distancing and they're not wearing masks, and so there's more risk to transmitting the virus and I. Always, think about and know not necessarily how just pertains to Lake County but I'll see on my instagram feed every weekend people doing water sports or anything gathering in different places and every time I kinda shake my head like how is that possible? Lake County is an area that has a lot of day trips and places where you can go to to find recreation. So how do you deal with that the fact that there are people getting out and enjoying the summer and maybe not paying attention to the three WS? Well, I think one of the benefits that we know for covert nineteen is your risk is lower in outdoor outdoor venues. However, indoor venues you have a greater opportunity to have that however June July. We've responded to over two hundred complaints of restaurants and bars that. Were not following precautions. So we investigate those complaints every day and usually most businesses are willing to comply and ensure that their patrons and their waitstaff are actually following the three ws is that something that that you know you guys are thinking about when you think about a crackdown if you will on some events or activities when when you need to reduce the spread of Covid? Yeah I mean definitely, what we're looking at is different interventions that are going to address the issues that we're fighting for the outbreaks during our contact tracing. So if we're finding that certain types of venues are contributing to more of those. Cases than those are the venues that will look to have an intervention mark. I'm sorry to interrupt, but there's been so much made about the difference between Chicago, the collar counties when it comes to this virus and and many people say, well, it doesn't affect my community because I don't live on top of people in Chicago where I don't you know obviously not the epicenter of what this is. How do you tell your resonance in Lake? County at that's a myth and that's not necessarily the truth I think again, this is where you know there's different situations that lead to. Additional. Transmission one thing we haven't really talked about on your show today is just the the measure that we're using positivity rate. We know that the positivity rate is extremely sensitive to the number of individuals that are being tested. So as you remember, there was more testing availability in certain areas and the individuals that were being tested were those that were you know having the most complications in hospitals. So at that time, we had extremely high house but high rates of positively because of the people. That were being tested were in the hospital. So you had some cases communities that showed fifty five percent positively rates, but there was such a limitation on the number of people that could be tested now that we have testing and been much more successful, getting testing more widespread work catching individuals that may never been tested because they were as symptomatic or had very few symptoms. So I think that's just looking at that metric is that you know and that's why we're saying that we're seeing fluctuations the more worried. Well that you have tested they're gonNA come back negative. That's GONNA drive your positivity rate down the more individuals that are actually positive and you the less testing you have that's gonNA drive your positivity rate up. So it's it's a metric but I think that's one thing that we need to make sure the public understands that there's variation testing and it's also I mean it's it's just comes down to awareness and people understanding that you know they they should protect themselves and be tested as well. Mar. Fister is with the Lake County Department of Public Health Mark Thank you very much for taking a couple minutes out today to talk to appreciate it. My pleasure. Thank you. And that's Today's reset for the latest and most accurate news and information on the pandemic go to ninety, one, five or WBZ DOT org. I'm Justin Kauffman thanks for listening and we'll catch you right here tomorrow.