Only six of the 900 coronavirus tests reported so far this week by the Montgomery County Health Department have come back positive for a rate of 0.7 percent.
That compares to a preliminary statewide seven-day positivity rate of 3.7 percent for Sept. 9-15, and a seven-day positivity rate for the region of 4.9 percent.
According to Christian-Montgomery EMA Director Greg Nimmo, 17 of the total 288 positive county cases to date remain isolated, and none are in the hospital.
The start of school nearly a month ago has not negatively impacted the overall positive rate in Montgomery County–so far. The positivity rate before school started was 2.3 percent; it has been 1.9 percent since the first day of school.
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) reported five additional deaths and 1,373 new confirmed cases on Monday, 20 deaths and 1,466 new cases on Tuesday, and 35 deaths and 1,941 new cases on Wednesday.
According to the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC), 29 of the 35 staff members with the virus at Graham Correctional Center in Hillsboro have recovered, as have all three of the inmates with confirmed cases. Five IDOC facilities in the state have more than 100 confirmed cases among inmates: Stateville has 275, East Moline 274, Jacksonville 215, Robinson 147, and Menard 119. Graham is one of 21 IDOC facilities in the state with five or fewer inmate cases.