County COVID cases spike


OREGON – The positivity rate for COVID-19 in Ogle County has increased from 2.9 percent a month ago to 6.3 percent now.

In a written report to the Ogle County Board at its Aug. 17 meeting, Kyle Auman, Ogle County’s public health administrator, also said the Delta Variant of COVID has now been identified in the county.

The regional positivity rate is up to 6.4 percent. It was at 2.4 percent last month.

Auman said there has been an upward trend in cases since July. He added that his department is concerned that the start of the school year will bring more cases.

“Since the beginning of the Pandemic schools have been named as the top location of exposure and it seems like this will hold true for the upcoming school year,” he wrote.

The Health Department had 30 new cases on Aug. 16, which Auman said was the highest number of single day new cases since the last local peak of the pandemic.

Currently, the county has 55 people in quarantine and 61 in isolation. Auman said new cases are coming in every day.

As for vaccinations, the county has administered 46,678 does, with 22,942 being fully vaccinated. That is about 45 percent of the county’s population. Auman said his department is planning to go back into schools to conduct more vaccination clinics.

The Health Department is also offering vaccines Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at its Oregon and Rochelle offices. People can call 815-562-6976 for an appointment.