COVID-19 deaths in Edgar County increasing, again

50 new cases and five deaths reported since Dec. 31

By GARY HENRY ghenry@prairiepress.net
Posted 1/11/21

More Edgar County residents succumbed to COVID-19 over the last week.

When the Edgar County Public Health Department’s website updated Friday, Jan. 8, the total number of deaths was 47. That …

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COVID-19 deaths in Edgar County increasing, again

50 new cases and five deaths reported since Dec. 31

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More Edgar County residents succumbed to COVID-19 over the last week.

When the Edgar County Public Health Department’s website updated Friday, Jan. 8, the total number of deaths was 47. That is an increase of five people since Dec. 31.

Between Dec. 31 and Jan. 8, the county had 50 new cases of COVID-19 reported. That number is a combination of the lab-confirmed tests and 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.

Hospital cases remained in the double digits for the week with 14 in the hospital Jan. 1 and reached a high of 16 hospitalizations Jan. 6. The number fell to 10 on Jan.8.

The new lab-confirmed cases were almost equally split between senior citizens and those in younger age groups. The demographic breakdown was: females in their 20s, one new case; females in their 40s, one new case; females in their 50s, two new cases; males in their 50s, one new case; females in their 60s, two new cases; females in the 70 and older category, two new cases; males in the 70 and older category, two new cases.