The week in which 2020 became 2021 saw 206 new COVID-19 coronavirus cases in Montgomery County and two more deaths.
The deaths–the 22nd and 23rd in Montgomery County from the virus–were announced on Thursday, Dec. 31, and Saturday, Jan. 2. The 206 new cases resulted in a local positivity rate for the week of 7.5 percent.
Last week’s number of new cases–206–is the same number of positives in the first 21 weeks of the pandemic, from March 28 through Aug. 21.
In total, 1,831 Montgomery County residents have tested positive for the virus since the pandemic began, including 704 of those during the month of December.
Not included in the Montgomery County numbers are the confirmed cases at Graham Correctional Center in Hillsboro–also spiking. As of Sunday, Jan. 3, the Illinois Department of Corrections reported 316 active cases among inmates and 42 cases among staff members.
Statewide as of Dec. 31, Illinois has had a total of over 963,389 cases and 16,490 deaths. As of that date, 4,093 Illinois residents were hospitalized with COVID-19, including 837 in the ICU and 496 on ventilators.