Almost record week for COVID cases

By GARY HENRY ghenry@prairiepress.net
Posted 10/12/20

Daily postings on the Edgar County Public Health Department’s website shows it was a heavy week for new cases between Oct. 3 and Oct. 8. The Oct. 9 update did not occur by time the story needed …

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Almost record week for COVID cases

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Daily postings on the Edgar County Public Health Department’s website shows it was a heavy week for new cases between Oct. 3 and Oct. 8. The Oct. 9 update did not occur by time the story needed placed on the page.

A total of 29 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Edgar County between Oct. 3 and Oct. 8. There were eight lab-confirmed cases and 21 probable cases. People using the rapid tests are listed as probable because the Illinois Department of Public Health does not consider the rapid tests as accurate as the lab tests. People testing positive on a rapid test are still required to self-isolate, and the health department does contact tracing on them.

The new totals almost tied for a week with the single largest increase, which was the period between Sept. 5 and Sept. 15, where a total of 30 new cases were reported.

According to the health department’s website, the local death toll from COVID-19 remains at eight people. Daily website checks this past week listed four cases hospitalized. The number of recovered cases as of Thursday, Oct. 8, the day of the last update, was 221.

Demographics for the lab-confirmed cases of the past week are 1 female in the 10-19 range, 2 females in their 20s, 1 female in her 30s, 2 males in their 30s and 1 male in the 70 and older category.

In other confirmable news, Paris 95 announced Thursday, Oct.8, a student at Memorial School tested positive.