SPRINGFIELD (WEEK) -- The Illinois Department of Public Health has placed 11 more counties on a warning level due to an increase in COVID-19-risk indicators.
The latest counties to be considered at a warning level include Cass, Gallatin, Jackson, Jo Daviess, Johnson, Perry, Randolph, Saline, Sangamon, St. Clair and White.
A county enters the warning list if it reports an increase in two or more indicators in the state's COVID-19 Resurgence Mitigation plan.
Peoria and LaSalle counties were placed on a warning level last week, but have been removed due to the counties improving to having a warning for just one indicator.
However, Peoria County is still showing a warning for one indicator as of Friday -- new cases per 100,000 people with the IDPH's target having less than 50 per 100,000. The county is reporting 107 per 100,000.
Peoria County last week had a second warning for its percentage of COVID-like illnesses in the emergency room.
Between last week and this week, the county's emergency room visits by those with COVID-like symptoms was stable compared to the prior week's reports, thus being removed in that category.
The IDPH says the 11 counties brought to a warning level "saw outbreaks associated with business operations and activities posing higher risk for disease spread."
Some of those activities include high school graduation ceremonies, a rise in cases in late teens and those in their 20s, parties and social gatherings, people going to bars and outbreaks at long-term care facilities.
An interactive map with all Illinois counties and the indicators a part of the COVID-19 Resurgence Mitigation plan can be found here.