Another COVID Death Amid Low Positivity Rate

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Although the number of new COVID-19 cases in Montgomery County appears to have plateaued this spring, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced another local death on Wednesday, May 12.

The fatality, a male in his 80s, is the 74th in Montgomery County over the course of the pandemic, and the first in nearly a month.  The county’s last coronavirus death was announced on April 15.

In the first 11 days of this month, the Montgomery County Health Department has announced 31 new cases for a positivity rate of 0.9 percent from May 1-11.  According to IDPH, the statewide positivity for May 5-11 is 2.7 percent.

The local health department continues to host vaccination clinics, and according to IDPH, 27.95 percent of Montgomery County residents are fully vaccinated as of Wednesday, May 12. To pre-register for a vaccination clinic, find links on the health department website montgomeryco.com/health or on the health department’s Facebook page. Those who would like to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and need help with online registration should call the health department at 217-532-2001 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

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