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Southern Illinois COVID-19 positivity rate rises to 7.3%
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Southern Illinois COVID-19 positivity rate rises to 7.3%

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The graph shows the number of new confirmed COVID-19 cases reported each day by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

SPRINGFIELD — The positivity rates in the Metro East region on the Missouri border as well as in Southern Illinois increased to 7.4% and 7.3%, respectively, as the state on Tuesday announced another 20 COVID-19-related deaths and 1,549 new confirmed cases of the virus.

That brings the total number of COVID-19-related deaths in Illinois to 7,657 out of 196,948 confirmed cases since the pandemic began. More than 3.14 million tests have been conducted during the same time period.


The graph shows the number of COVID-19 tests completed each day (blue), next to the number of positive cases those tests yield (red), according to the Illinois Department of Public Health. 

A total of 4,162 of the virus-related deaths have occurred in long-term care facilities, where 25,452 confirmed cases of the virus have been reported, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

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Those who have not passed away within 42 days of their initial diagnosis are considered recovered, according to IDPH. The recovery rate per those guidelines is 95%.

Positivity Rate

The graph depicts the COVID-19 positivity rate of test results reported over a 24-hour period as reported by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

The new cases reported Tuesday were among 41,362 test results reported over the previous 24 hours, making for a one-day positivity rate of 3.7%. That kept the seven-day rolling average positivity rate at 4.1% — the sixth straight day of a rate at 4% or greater.

The Metro East and Southern Illinois still have the two highest rates for the state’s 11 regions in the Restore Illinois virus mitigation plan. Behind them was Region 7, which includes Kankakee and Will County, at 6.6%.

The other rates ranged from 2.8% in eastern Illinois’ Region 6 to 5.8% in suburban Cook County.

Rolling Positivity Rate

The graph shows the rolling, 7-day positivity rate for tests completed starting on June 1. Illinois Department of Public Health data was used to calculate the averages. 

At the end of Monday, there were 1,459 COVID-19-positive patients reported hospitalized, including 336 in intensive care unit beds. There were 127 COVID-19-positive patients on ventilators.

The hospitalization numbers were all slightly down from the day prior but still up from their pandemic lows of early and mid-July.

COVID-19 numbers in Southern Illinois

This information will be updated daily with the latest numbers from local health departments in Southern Illinois. The numbers reflect total lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases in each county, including deaths and recoveries. These numbers may differ slightly from the county numbers being reported by the Illinois Department of Public Health daily. Local health departments tend to have more current numbers than the state.

County Total cases Deaths Recovered
Alexander 72 1 45
Franklin 510 3 306
Gallatin 73 2 67
Hamilton 70 2 57
Hardin 35 0 25
Jackson 1253 24 1167
Jefferson 593 32 530
Johnson 161 0 108
Massac 94 2 61
Perry 344 16 309
Pope 24 1 15
Pulaski 159 1 134
Randolph 938 11 876
Saline 309 4 196
Union 485 20 382
Williamson 1369 40 751
White 163 1 147

Capitol News Illinois is a nonprofit, nonpartisan news service covering state government and distributed to more than 400 newspapers statewide. It is funded primarily by the Illinois Press Foundation and the Robert R. McCormick Foundation.

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