The Metro East Region is finally seeing its positivity rate for COVID-19 drop below the eight-percent threshold. The new rate released on Sunday for September 17th is 7.5-percent. That’s a half percent drop. The rate dropping below 8-percent assure no additional mitigations and if the rate falls to 6.5-percent or less for three days, the additional mitigations including a ban on indoor restaurant and bar seating would be lifted.
The Southern Illinois Region positivity rate has increased to three-tenths of a percent to 6.9-percent. The East Central Illinois rate is at 2.7-percent.
Statewide, the seven-day positivity rate fell to 3.5-percent on Sunday, with an additional 48,011 test results in the 24 hours leading up to the report.
The Illinois Department of Public Health reported an additional 1,402 cases of coronavirus disease on Sunday. The health department also recorded 14 additional deaths. The only Southern Illinois death was a female in her 70s in Perry County.