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COVID-19 Saturday update:  Three area deaths among 130 reported statewide   

COVID-19 Saturday update:  Three area deaths among 130 reported statewide   

The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 130 additional COVID-19 related deaths on Saturday, including three in South Central Illinois.  The department is reporting the death of a male in his 60s and a female in her 80s in Jefferson County and a female over 100 in Clay County.

There were also 5,343 new confirmed and probable causes of COVID-19 statewide among 102,372 test results.   The statewide positivity rate has dropped to 6.3-percent for the past seven days.

There have now been 471,157 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Illinois with 781,150 doses of vaccine delivered to providers in Illinois with another 268,525 doses allocated to the federal government’s Pharmacy Partnership Program for long term care facilities.

The seven-day positivity rate in the Southern Illinois Region has dropped to 6.5-percent.  Marion County’s rate has dropped to 3.1-percent.  In the Metro-East Region, the positivity rate fell to 9.8-percent, with ICU and Med-Surg beds still under the 20-percent available beds sought by the state for the lifting of mitigations.   The East Central Region’s positivity is now at 7.4-percent.

State statistics show 1,365 have now been vaccinated in Marion County, with only 310 fully vaccinated or under one percent of the population.