Area positivity rate hovering around point where additional mitigations may happen

While there has been no COVID-19 related deaths reported for awhile, both Randolph and Monroe Counties have seen significant increases in the amount of cases. Randolph County recently topped over 400 total reported positive cases and Monroe County has had over 200 total.

Last Friday, July 24, was the first day that Randolph County reported a total of over 400 cases, with 403 noted. As of Monday, July 27, the total had increased to 421.

At that time, there were only 60 cases reported to be active, with all recovering at home. The positivity rate was listed at 7.8 percent. 

Randolph County has been sitting consistently at between 60 and 67 active cases since July 16, and has held a positivity rate between 6.6 to 7.9 percent for that same time frame.

Confirmed cases as of Monday were reported to be in the communities of: Baldwin, Chester, Ellis Grove, Evansville, Percy/Willisville, Red Bud, Sparta, Steeleville and Tilden. 

“We are now experiencing community spread in the majority of the communities in Randolph County,” Randolph County Health Department Administrator Angela Oathout stated in her report.

For more on the area’s COVID-19 situation, please see this week’s print edition.