State COVID numbers at lowest levels since July

Downward trends in the number of new COVID-19 cases continued Monday with the lowest number of single-day cases since last summer.

The Illinois Department of Public Health said Monday that there were 1,143 new cases and 20 deaths, the lowest figures since at least July. Washington County Health Department stated that there were three new cases: one female aged 6 to 9 years old, one female in her 40s and one male in his 60s.

According to county risk metrics issued on Feb. 26, Washington County had 189 tests performed with 8 new positive cases, a test positivity rate of 8.5 percent.

Other counties across south central Illinois also reported single digit new cases, including Jefferson County (6) and Fayette County had zero. Marion and Clinton counties did not release a report Monday.

The total case county for Washington County is now 1,593 with nine currently active and zero active hospitalization. There have been 1,566 released from isolation and 27 deaths (19 active, 8 released, 1 untested).

Experts have attributed the decrease in the spread of the virus to the introduction and implementation of the COVID-19 vaccine. As of Monday, there have been 762 residents have received both doses, or just over 5.5 percent of the county’s population has been fully vaccinated.

According to information from the health department shared at the Washington County Board meeting last mont, the county had been receiving approximately 200 doses per week to administer.

Source: Illinois Department of Public Health

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