New COVID-19 Cases Total 31 Across Southern Illinois Region

New COVID-19 Cases Total 31 Across Southern Illinois Region

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Wednesday reported 2,592 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in Illinois, including 28 additional deaths. Southern Illinois health departments reported 31 new cases of the coronavirus throughout the region.

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 1,244,585 cases, including 21,301 deaths, in 102 counties.

Local case breakdown:

  • Williamson County: 16
  • Franklin, Jackson and Hamilton counties: three each
  • Pope County: two
  • Saline, Alexander, Union and White counties: one each

The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from March 24-30 is 3.9%.

A total of 5,801,871 vaccines have been administered so far statewide, including 367,782 for long-term care facilities. The seven-day rolling average of vaccines administered daily is 109,358 doses. On Sunday, 137,445 doses were reported administered in Illinois.

State health officials said while 70 percent of Illinois residents 65 and older have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, not all of the metrics needed to advance to the Bridge Phase and on to Phase 5 of the Restore Illinois Plan have been met.

They notedthe number of people being admitted to the hospital in Illinois due to COVID-19 continues to increase. As long as new hospital admissions continue to increase, the state will not advance. The number of cases of COVID-19 has seen an increasing trend as well.

Health officials urged all residents to continue to mask up, socially distance, and avoid crowds to reduce transmission and bring the metrics back in line to transition to the Bridge Phase.