New high count for weekly COVID cases

By GARY HENRY ghenry@prairiepress.net
Posted 9/14/20

There were 30 new COVID-19 cases reported on the Edgar County Public Health Department’s website between Sept. 5 and Sept. 11. That exceeded last week’s count of 29 new cases and is a new …

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There were 30 new COVID-19 cases reported on the Edgar County Public Health Department’s website between Sept. 5 and Sept. 11. That exceeded last week’s count of 29 new cases and is a new weekly high.

The 30 cases are a combination of 12 lab-confirmed cases and 18 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.

Edgar County recorded another COVID-19 death. According to the Illinois Department of Public Health’s website, the deceased was a male in his 80s. That brings the county’s COVID-19 death total to three, with another person who was COVID-19 positive dying from another cause.

Another somber point for the past week was reaching the 100 mark of lab-confirmed cases since the first positive was reported in late May. The 100th case was posted on the Sept. 11 update of the ECPHD website. As a result, 182 residents of Edgar County have so far contracted the disease, and 130 are listed as recovered.

A highpoint in hospitalizations was also reached in the last week. The count was four people Sept. 5, went to five Sept. 6, jumped to nine Sept. 9 and closed the week at seven on Sept. 11.        

Here is a breakdown of the new lab-confirmed cases since Sept. 5: 1 female between 0-9; 1 female between 10-19; 1 male between 10-19; 2 males in their 20s; 1 female in her 50s; 3 females in their 70s; and 2 males in their 70s.

The demographic breakdown is off by one. The ECPHD website for Sept. 11 showed one new lab-confirmed case in the last 24 hours, but the website’s graph display was not updated by the time the story needed placed on the page.

In other local COVID news, Paris 95 Union School District annouced Friday a teacher tested positive. No other information was available by press time.

First responders are noticing the increase of cases. Adam Webb of the Horizon Health Ambulance was present at the Sept. 8 Edgar County Board study session and answered board members’ questions.

“We are transporting at least one COVID-positive person a day,” said Webb.