SOUTHERN ILLINOIS – As COVID-19 positivity rates increase in the 11 health regions of Illinois, Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike issued stern warnings Wednesday at a press briefing.
IDPH Wednesday announced 1,393 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease in Illinois, including 18 additional confirmed deaths. The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total tests from July 22-28 stood at 3.8 percent, but rates have been increasing in areas including Randolph county.
“Not only have we started to see an increase in cases over the past several weeks, but we are also seeing a slight increase in hospital admissions as well,” Dr. Ezike said. “These are clear indicators that we are headed in the wrong direction.”
Local case breakdown:
- Jackson and Williamson counties: 15 each
- Franklin and Union counties: three each
- Hamilton County: two
- Saline County: two (one at home in isolation, the status of the other is in progress)
- White County: one
- All cases (unless noted above) are in isolation.
Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 175,124 cases, including 7,462 deaths, in 102 counties in Illinois. Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 38,187 specimens for a total of 2,608,652.