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State Public Health Officials report 12,022 new cases of COVID-19 and 131 additional deaths 

State Public Health Officials report 12,022 new cases of COVID-19 and 131 additional deaths 

The Illinois Department of Public Health on Thursday is reporting 12,022 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and an additional 131 COVID-related deaths.  The deaths include a female in her 80s in Clinton County, a male in his 80s, and a female in her 90s in Effingham County and four previously announced deaths in Marion County.

The seven-day positivity rate for the state for the past seven days dropped slightly to 10.3-percent.   The positivity rate in the Southern Illinois Region dipped to 12.5-percent.   The Marion County positivity rate has declined eight-tenths of a percent since Wednesday and is now at 14.8-percent.   The Metro East Region dropped three-tenths of a percent to 13.8-percent.   The East Central Illinois Region is at 12.7-percent.