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Marion County reports 11 new COVID-19 cases; 60 reported across region  

Marion County reports 11 new COVID-19 cases; 60 reported across region  

The Marion County Health Department is reporting 11 new positive cases of COVID-19 on Thursday.  Four are listed as community spread while seven others are believed to have caught the disease from household or close contacts.

Health Department Administrator Melissa Mallow says all are on isolation.  There are now 109 active cases, including ten in the hospital.  Three of those are on ventilators.  Another 420 have recovered.

Of the 11 new Marion County cases, two are boys under ten.  One has been in quarantine so was never at school during his infectious period.  The other was at school during their infectious period and two classmates have been placed into quarantine.

The other new cases are a male in his 30s, a male in his 40s, one male in his 60s, one female in her teens, two females in their 20s, one female in her 30s, one female in her 50s and one female in her 60s.

Clinton County is reporting 16 new positive cases.  There are currently 209 who are on isolation and eight who are hospitalized.   880 others have been released.

Jefferson County Health Department has 12 new cases on Thursday.  They range in age from three in their 20s to two in their 80s.  One of those in their 80s is hospitalized.  There are currently 39 active cases.  534 have been released from isolation.

The Fayette County Health Department is reporting 15 new cases from under ten to their 90s.  The new cases include seven new positive cases linked to the current outbreak in a congregate living facility.  Fayette County now has 122 active confirmed cases.

Wayne County is reporting six new cases ranging from two teens to a female in her 80s.  There are currently 40 on home isolation and eight who are hospitalized.  208 people have recovered.

Around the state, 2,257 new confirmed cases were reported today with an additional 30 confirmed deaths.   One of the deaths was a female in her 90s from Bond County.  Madison County had five deaths, Williamson County three and St. Clair and Crawford one apiece.

More than 62,000 test results were reported in the 24 hours leading up to the report.  The state’s seven-day positivity rate remains at 3.5-percent.  The Metro East Region that includes Clinton, Washington, and Bond County saw a two-tenths of a percent decrease to 7.1-percent.   The Southern Illinois Region that includes Marion, Jefferson, and Wayne Counties increased two-tenths of a percent to 6.2-percent.  The East Central Illinois Region that includes Fayette, Clay, and Effingham Counties remains at a positivity rate of 2.5-percent.