Number of local positive cases continues to drop

Over the past week, the number of positive COVID-19 cases in the local area has either continued to drop or leveled out.

In Randolph County, the Emergency Management Agency reported on Thursday, May 21 that there were only 46 active cases. Of those, 42 were under quarantine at home and four were hospitalized. (For comparison, only a week prior on May 14, there were 72 active cases.)

They also noted that a total of 207 individuals had been released to resume normal activities. The total number of positive cases for the county has been 256, and there has only been three COVID-19 related deaths.

The positivity rate for the county is at 18.2 percent.

In Monroe County, Health Department Administrator John Wagner on May 22 reported that the county had reached a total of 91 positive cases. So far, the county has only had 11 deaths and has been holding at that number since May 3.

Statewide, the Illinois Department of Public Health reported on May 22 a total of 9105,444 cases, including 4,715 deaths, in 100 counties in Illinois. The statewide seven day rolling positivity rate, May 13-19, 2020 is 13 percent.

For more on the current COVID-19 situation, please see this week’s print edition or check the North County News Facebook page for updates.