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Marion County reporting one new COVID-19 death, 36 new cases on Tuesday and Wednesday 

Marion County reporting one new COVID-19 death, 36 new cases on Tuesday and Wednesday 

The Marion County Health Department is reporting one new COVID-19 related death and 36 new positive cases for Tuesday and Wednesday.  The person who passed away was a female in her 70s.  She was not a long term care resident.   Marion County has now had 105 COVID-19 related deaths.

The Illinois Department of Public Health is also reporting two deaths in Jefferson County where females in their 70s and 80s died.  There was one death in Clinton County, a female in her 80s.  The death in Clinton County was the 77th.  Statewide, an additional 97 deaths were reported on Wednesday.

The Marion County Health Department reports of the 36 new cases, one was a student not at school during their infectious period.  None were residents of long term care facilities.   22 of the cases are considered community spread and 14 as the result of household or close contacts.

There are now 261 active cases, including 19 in the hospital.  Four of those are on ventilators.   171 were released from isolation, bring the total number recovered to 3,240.

Marion County Health Department Administrator Melissa Mallow says 178 were given the first round of the Moderna vaccine during the clinic for medical personnel at the Marion County Fairground on Tuesday.   The state reports 998 doses have been administered so far in the county.

Clinton County is reporting 54 new positive cases.  377 are on home isolation and six are hospitalized.

Jefferson County had 53 new cases on Wednesday, including 19 from the Big Muddy Prison.  257 are currently isolated.

The Washington County Health Department is reporting  32 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday and Wednesday.  There are currently 83 active cases and four who are hospitalized.

The Fayette County Health Department is reporting 23 new cases, one in a congregate-care facility.

Wayne County is reporting nine new cases on Wednesday.  96 are isolating and two are in the hospital.

The seven-day statewide positivity rate is now at 7.3-percent.  The Southern Illinois Region positivity rate has dropped to 8.5-percent.  The Marion County rate is at 6.9-percent.   The Metro-East Region is at 11.4-percent, with less than 20-percent of both ICU and Med-Surg beds available.   In the East Central Region, the seven-day positivity rate is down to 8.9-percent.