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Marion County Health Department reports five new COVID-19 cases    

Marion County Health Department reports five new COVID-19 cases    

The Marion County Health Department is reporting five new positive COVID-19 cases for Thursday and Friday.

None of the new cases involve long-term care residents or students.  Three are considered community spread and two are believed to be the result of household or close contacts.

There are currently 27 active cases, eight of which are in the hospital.  None are on ventilators.    4,027 are now listed as recovered, with no additional positive cases being released in the past two days.

Health Department Administrator Melissa Mallow believes an additional death reported on the Illinois Department of Public Health report earlier this week was a death that occurred last month that apparently was never entered in the state database.

The Clinton County Health Department is reporting three new positive cases on Friday.  27 remain on home isolation and four are hospitalized.

Jefferson County is reporting no new cases on Friday, with 15 still in isolation.

Washington County has one new positive COVID-19 case for Thursday and Friday, with eight active cases.

Fayette County is reporting five new cases, one linked to a congregate-care facility.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 1,442 new cases statewide on Friday as well as 33 additional deaths.  None of the deaths were in South Central Illinois.

The statewide positivity rate for the past seven days has dropped to 2.2-percent.   The Marion County rate has dropped to three-tenths of a percent.

There was a record number of vaccines given statewide on Thursday at 131,882 doses bringing the total to 3,125,425.    In Marion County, 7,409 doses have been delivered, with 2,533 fully vaccinated.   6.73 percent of the population is now fully vaccinated.