The State of Illinois Department of Public Health notified the Clinton County Health Department Thursday that Clinton County has moved into the orange category, based on IDPH COVID-19 county level risk metrics. Counties who are meeting targets developed by COVID-19 mitigation experts are considered blue. Those who are not are considered orange.
In a statement released Thursday, the Clinton County Health Department said a designation of orange should prompt individuals, businesses and schools to revisit their current practices, plans, and behaviors as the orange designation indicates the risk of transmission of COVID-19 is higher than in other areas of the state and higher than it has previously been in the affected area.
The Clinton County Health Department reminds everyone to practice social distancing, wear masks in public, avoid large gatherings, self-monitor for symptoms and seek medical attention promptly when symptoms develop. The Clinton County Health Department also reports it is 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.