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Monroe County sets weekly virus record

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Monroe County sets weekly virus record

Pictured is an image from Illinois’ mask awareness campaign introduced by Gov. JB Pritzker on Monday. After stabilizing a bit last week, Monroe County’s coronavirus cases spiked again.

The Monroe County Health Department has reported 60 cases of the virus since last Tuesday, marking the single largest increase in a week since the pandemic began.

The county’s case total now stands at 292. Fortunately, the death toll remains at 13.

“While Monroe County has seen a slight increase in cases per day in the past few weeks, our hospital numbers have declined,” Monroe County Health Department Administrator John Wagner said. “People need to continue to take precautions while in groups and wear masks in situations that put you in close proximity to others. The increase in cases have not been linked to any one behavior or business.”

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There were 12 cases last Wednesday, nine on Thursday, 10 on Friday, seven on Saturday, nine on Sunday, one on Monday and 11 on Tuesday. One new case was reported Wednesdsay.

According to Wagner, 56 cases are active and one county resident is hospitalized with the virus at last count.

Wagner said 210 people have recovered from COVID-19 and Monroe County has seen over 3,700 negative known tests for the virus.Of the total cases, Wagner reported on Tuesday that 129 cases were in the Columbia zip code, one was in the Hecker zip code, two were in the New Athens zip code, 16 were in the Red Bud zip code, two were in the Renault zip code, 13 were in the Valmeyer zip code and 128 were in the Waterloo zip code.As of Tuesday, 22 of the county […]

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