WABASH CO., Ill. (WFIE) - A push for more COVID-19 testing is underway in Wabash County after a dramatic uptick in cases during the month of August.
“Illinois Department of Public Health has brought their mobile testing team down to do the testing here,” Wabash County Health Department administrator Judy Wissel said.
The Wabash County Health Department requested testing help from the state as the county enters a COVID-19 warning level starting on Friday.
“A county can go into a warning level by themselves, or within the region that your located in,” Wissel said. “Our percentage of positive tests put us in a warning level.”
The Health Department says the uptick in cases is most likely from people gathering in large groups or private parties and not wearing a mask.
“Going into August, we just had 29 cases since April,” Wissel said. “And then in August, we ended the month with 116 (cases).”
Over the last week, the Health Department has recorded a decrease in new positive cases. With school back in session, health officials say they are in communication with both school districts.
For now, schools are undergoing hybrid learning - a mixture of in-person and remote instruction.
“So the state encourages us to increase mitigation, encourage people to wear their mask and reduce sizes of groups,” Wissel said.
Officials say they are not sure whether the state’s mobile testing unit will be held another day at the Wabash County Health Department.
However, county health officials are administering COVID-19 tests from Monday through Thursday morning. People can call to make an appointment and testing is free.
The Wabash County Health Department is located on West Seventh Street in Mt. Carmel.