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Another big day for new COVID-19 cases and deaths 

Another big day for new COVID-19 cases and deaths 

As Tier Three Mitigations go into effect, the State Department of Public Health is reporting more than 13-thousand new cases of COVID-19 and 126 additional deaths.

The rising positivity rate has put all but one of Illinois’ 102 counties at a warning level for the virus.

Public Health Director Doctor Ngozi Ezike urges everyone to be kind to one another and follow the new restrictions.

“I’d ask all of us to have patience and compassion for those we may disagree with and understand this is an extremely difficult time for everyone.  Nobody is getting through unscathed,” said Ezike.

Bob and Tina Rubin of Normal appeared with the Governor on Friday.  They lost their 30-year-old daughter, Dani, to the virus earlier this month.

“These are not just numbers, these are not just statistics these are real people with real lives and real futures that have been stolen by this virus.”

Tina says they are sharing their story in hopes of something positive coming out of Dani’s death like people staying home, wearing a mask, and quarantining when sick.

More than 6,000 Illinois Coronavirus patients are in the hospital, including about 600 on ventilators.

The statewide positivity rate is now 11.5-percent.  The Southern Illinois Region is at 13.2-percent.  The Marion County rate has gone up to 18.1-percent.  The Metro East region is 16.1-percent.  The East Central Illinois Region is at 14.6-percent.