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Governor warns about surge of COVID-19 cases in Southern Illinois

Governor warns about surge of COVID-19 cases in Southern Illinois

Governor JB Pritzker visited Southern Illinois on Tuesday where coronavirus cases have been on an upward trek.  Eight out of the 11 counties in Illinois that are at the warning level for COVID-19 are located in Southern Illinois.  That includes Jackson County, where the Governor met with local officials in Carbondale.

“It’s worse than in Chicago.  I’ll be frank if we don’t see some change here the virus will cause some businesses to close and an increasing percentage of people to get sick and some will even die.”

The latest positivity rate for the state is 3.9-percent.  For the Southern Illinois region that includes Marion and Jefferson Counties, the rate is at 7.4-percent.  In the Metro-East region that includes Clinton, Washington, and Bond Counties the rate is 7.3-percent.  The two regions have the highest positivity rates in the state.

If numbers keep rising and hit eight percent for three consecutive days, additional restrictions could be put back into place.  That may include limiting gatherings and indoor dining and temporarily shutting down businesses experiencing outbreaks.

The Marion County Health Department on Tuesday reported two new cases.  Females in their 40s and 60s who both had traveled to hotspots.  There have now been a total of 141 positive cases.  23 remain active, one who is hospitalized and 22 who are on home isolation.  Another 96 household and close contacts are also being quarantined.  Another 5,058 have had negative test results.

The Clinton County Health Department reported 10 new positive cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday bringing their total number of cases to 362.  There are currently 58 on home quarantine and one who is hospitalized.

Washington County has reported one new case, a female in her 60s who is the county’s 59th case.  Four cases remain active and three are currently hospitalized.

Wayne County has reported one new case, a man in his 30s who is the county’s 52nd case.  16 remain on isolation and one hospitalized.

Statewide, 1,471 new cases of the coronavirus were reported on Tuesday along with 19 additional deaths.  None of the deaths were in Southern Illinois.