Postive Rates Continue Downward

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The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) reported 2,805 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 121 additional deaths related to the novel coronavirus over two days this weekend.

The percentage of tests with positive results continues to decline, however, as Illinois experienced its first weekend in a more advanced phase of reopening.

Locally, the number of positive cases over the course of the pandemic remains at 40 with only two tests pending, according to the Montgomery County Health Department.  For a link to Phase 3 guidelines for reopening business and returning people safely to work, visit montgomeryco.com/health.

The IDPH on Sunday reported 1,343 new COVID-19 cases. With 21,154 tests recorded in the previous 24 hours, the positivity rate was 6.3 percent. The statewide seven-day rolling positivity rate is 7 percent. That’s down from 12 percent a week earlier.

There were also 60 additional deaths reported Sunday, after 61 were recorded Saturday. The IDPH has now reported 120,260 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in 101 of the state’s 102 counties, and 5,390 deaths statewide. There have been 898,259 recorded tests in Illinois.

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