SOUTHERN ILLINOIS – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Tuesday reported 2,851 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 29 additional deaths, marking more than 9,000 deaths due to the novel coronavirus statewide.
“More than 9,000 Illinoisans – our mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, family, friends, and neighbors – have had their lives cut short by COVID-19, leaving tens of thousands more to grieve loved ones lost too soon,” Gov. JB Pritzker said. “As we pause today to mourn these individual and collective losses, may we find strength in the tools we have to protect our communities: wearing a mask, watching our distance, and respecting public health and each other. My heart breaks for all those who have lost a loved one in this battle we never asked to fight – may their memories be for a blessing.”
Since the pandemic started, a total of 324,743 cases and 9,026 deaths, have been reported through the state.
Local case breakdown:
- Union County: 51, one death (Oct. 10-13)
- Franklin County: 20
- Johnson County: 20 (Oct. 10-13)
- Williamson County: 10
- Jefferson County: nine
- Saline County: eight, one death
- Gallatin County: five
- Hamilton County: four
- Jackson and Hardin counties: three each
- Alexander, Pope and Perry counties: two each
- Massac County: one
The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity rate regarding total tests from Oct. 6-12 is 4.5 percent.