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Metro-East Region looking at increased mitigation after third day above 8.0-positivity

Metro-East Region looking at increased mitigation after third day above 8.0-positivity

The Metro-East Region that includes Clinton, Washington, and Bond Counties are likely to see additional mitigation factors put back into effect as the region was over an 8-percent positivity rate for COVID-19 for a third straight day on Sunday. The rate is now at 8.2-percent.

Meanwhile, the rate in the Southern Illinois Region that includes Marion, Jefferson, and Wayne Counties saw a four-tenths of a percent increase in positivity to 8.7-percent. The region has had additional mitigation in effect since last Thursday. The Marion County rate saw a full two-percent jump on Sunday to 8.1-percent.

There was also an increase in the East Central Illinois Region that includes Fayette, Effingham, and Clay Counties. The positivity rate is up three-tenths of a percent to 7.6-percent.

All of the regional positivity rates are for the seven days ending on October 22nd.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 4,062 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus on Sunday. There were also 24 additional deaths reported, including two females in their 70s in Fayette County. The positivity rate for the entire state remains at 6.1-percent. The new positive cases were among 72,097 test results added to the Sunday report.