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Marion County reports nine new COVID-19 cases

The Marion County Health Department reports an additional nine new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday.

Health Department Administrator Melissa Mallow says all of the new cases are doing well and are on isolation at home. Of the nine new cases, five are listed as community spread and four are household/close contacts. There are now a total of 125 active cases. There are eight in the hospital, including two who are on ventilators. Another 695 have been released.

The new Wednesday cases include one male in his 30s, one male in his 40s, one male in his 70s, one female in her 40s, two female in their 60s, two females in their 70s, and one female in her 90s.

Clinton County reported 11 new cases on Tuesday, bringing the total on home isolation to 257. Eight are hospitalized. 257 others have been released from isolation.

Jefferson County reported four new cases, two in the teens as well as one apiece in their 50s and 70s. There are now 46 active cases and 480 who have been released.

Fayette County is reporting 12 new cases ranging in age from 20s to 80s. There are now 76 active cases in Fayette County.

The North Clay School District is reporting a positive test in a staff member in her 30s who has had no contact with any prior positive cases. She is recovering at home. The school district and Clay County Health Department are currently determining close staff and student contacts who will be quarantined for 14 days.

The North Clay School District will remain open, with parents encouraged to keep students home who have symptoms of COVID-19. Clay County is also reporting 12 new cases over the weekend and Monday.

The Wayne County Health Department is reporting four new cases on Tuesday including two females in their 40s and a male and female in their 50s. A total of 87 are isolating at home and four remain hospitalized.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 1,466 new confirmed cases on Tuesday and 20 additional deaths. Southern Illinois deaths were in Jasper, Jersey, Madison, and Randolph Counties.

The statewide positivity rate is 3.6-percent for the past week with another 39,031 test results completed. The Metro East Region Rate dropped another two-tenths of a percent and is now at 9.2-percent. The Southern Illinois Region rate for the past week jumped a full percent to seven percent. The East Central Illinois Region continues to have a 2.4-percent positivity rate.