Positivity Rate Remains At 1.8 So Far This Week

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For the first three days this week, Montgomery County remains at a 1.8 percent positivity rate–the same rate as last week–for new COVID-19 coronavirus cases.

According to the Montgomery County Health Department, 18 people have tested positive for the virus Sunday, Feb. 14, through Tuesday, Feb. 16.  As of Tuesday, 2,639 county residents have tested positive since the beginning of the pandemic.

The positivity rate continues to trend downward statewide, too.  According to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), the preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases from Feb. 10-16 is 2.8 percent.

The bad news, according to IDPH, is that due to bad weather, the number of doses of vaccine delivered to Illinois is delayed.  

“While this week’s allocation from the federal government was approximately 365,000 doses, we have only received approximately 55,000 doses of that allocation so far this week,” IDPH announced on Wednesday.  “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has indicated some shipments may go out today (Wednesday, Feb. 17).”

As of Wednesday, Feb. 17, the Illinois Department of Corrections reports only seven active coronavirus cases at Graham Correctional Center in Hillsboro, four among inmates and three among staff members.

The local health department continues to offer free coronavirus testing through Litchfield Family Practice Center from 1-3 p.m. Saturday and Sundays or until 40 tests have been completed.  Tests are administered on a first-come first-served basis.

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