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Confirmed cases are “small percentage” of reality

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For the average flu, for every one person who gets sick they infect .1 people. With COVID-19 data shows an average of 2.5 people are infected. That data just from confirmed number of cases which is a fraction of what is truly out there.

"For this coronavirus it is anywhere from two to three people infected from one person, average is 2.5, and again those are people that we know of that have been tested which means they had to be symptomatic and to a level that they were hospitalized again that is a very small percentage." said Monica Hendrickson with the Peoria County Health Department

The Tri-County area (Peoria, Woodford, Tazewell Counties) as of Friday night has a total of 12 confirmed cases.

"So with that number of 12, when you think about the fact that those are people who are positive confirmed test. So they have to be people who were tested, and we don't test everyone. On top of that, they have to be in a condition that required them to need to be tested because their symptoms were so advanced, and again 80 % of people are going to be mild, this is a very small percentage of what we are seeing in our communities."

This is why healthcare providers like OSF and UnityPoint are reaching out to the community for help with supplies and even skilled workers. Doing their best to be prepared if there was an influx of cases.

"Our healthcare providers understand the importance of what the next few weeks mean. If we don't see a true flattening of the curve, if for some reason restrictions change, they really need to be gearing up and planning for that."

In the future this could soon include tents outside of the ER.

"These tents are actually part of a triaging system for respiratory health, they're not up online yet or operational they're just gearing up."

As our healthcare systems brace for impact, local businesses are doing their best to stay afloat, but Chris Setti with the Economic Development Council said our community is resilient.

"There is going to be some businesses that don't survive this most likely, but there are going to be new businesses that start as well so I'm looking forward to the challenge of helping to get people back to work and getting the region up and running again."

Kaitlin Pearson

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