SOUTHERN ILLINOIS – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Thursday announced 1,953 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Illinois, including 28 additional confirmed deaths. Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 255,643 cases, including 8,242 deaths, in 102 counties in Illinois.
After a couple of days with lower-than-average numbers, the amount of new cases in some parts of southern Illinois spiked.
Local case breakdown:
- Williamson County: 46, one death at a long-term care facility in the county
- Franklin County: 19
- Jackson County: 15
- Saline County: five
- Johnson County: four
- Massac and Union counties: three each
- Alexander, Randolph, Jefferson, Pulaski and White counties: two each
- Hamilton, Perry and Hardin counties: one each
The seven-day average of test positivity in region five, covering most of southern Illinois, is 6.8%. Region 4, which encompasses the St. Louis area and Randolph County, continues to post the highest average in the state at 10.1%.
The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total tests from Sept. 3-9 is 3.8 percent.