The rate of new COVID-19 coronavirus cases has slowed to start the week, but not the number of deaths from the disease–six more so far this week after six deaths last week.
The Montgomery County Health Department reported on Sunday that two more county residents lost lives to the virus, and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) reported two deaths Tuesday, both females, one in her 70s and another in her 80s. IDPH reported on Wednesday that a male in his 60s and a female in her 80s were victims of the disease, bringing to total in Montgomery County to 35 since the onset of the pandemic–13 of those in the first 13 days of January.
During the first three days of this week–Sunday, Monday and Tuesday–the health department reported 64 new COVID-19 cases for a positivity rate of 5.5 percent.
The Illinois Department of Corrections reports that as of Wednesday, Jan. 13, there are 566 active cases among inmates
at Graham Correctional Center and 24 active cases among staff.
The Nokomis School District reported a high school student and teacher tested positive on Friday, Jan. 8, another high school student on Monday, Jan. 11, and another high school student and support staff member on Tuesday, Jan. 12.
The Litchfield School District reported a high school student tested positive on Tuesday, Jan. 12, and a Russell School student on Wednesday, Jan. 13, and the Hillsboro School District reported a junior high student and Beckemeyer student tested positive on Monday, Jan. 11.
“The recent increase in local cases of COVID has caused the number of students on our quarantine list to increase to 220,” Hillsboro Superintendent David Powell said, “most of those being from out-of-school exposures.”