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The Sauk Valley area reported 10 new cases of coronavirus disease Friday.

Whiteside County had six new cases with three in their 20s, 30s and 40s, two in their 50s and one in his or her 80s, as well as three new recoveries for a total of 319 cases, 16 deaths and 224 recoveries.

Ogle County had three new cases, for a total of 378 cases, five deaths and 347 recoveries.

Lee County did not report any new cases and has a total of 134 cases, one death and 117 recoveries.

Carroll County had one new case, totaling 44 cases, three deaths and 27 recoveries.

The Illinois Department of Public Health has issued warnings for 11 counties including Jo Daviess County, which falls in the Northwest Illinois region that includes the Sauk Valley.

According to the IDPH:

The counties under warning saw outbreaks associated with business operations and activities posing higher risk for disease spread, including school graduation ceremonies, a rise in cases among late teens and 20s, parties and social gatherings, people going to bars, long-term care outbreaks, clusters of cases associated with restaurants and churches, and big sports events including soccer, golf, and softball tournaments. Residents of many communities are not wearing face coverings that have been proven to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Public health officials are finding that most contacts to cases are testing positive as well.

Illinois announced 1,941 new cases and 21 additional deaths for a total of 178,873 cases and 7,495 deaths. The preliminary 7 day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from July 24 to July 30 is 3.9%. 

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