2 deaths, 53 confirmed new COVID-19 cases in Southern Seven Region

ULLIN, Ill. (KBSI) – Southern Seven Health Department (S7HD) reports the Illinois Department of Public Health announced on September 10th that all S7HD counties remain at an Orange Warning Level status on the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) risk metrics.

According to Illinois Department of Public Health, an orange designation indicates warning signs of increased COVID-19 risk in the community. Residents are asked to remain vigilant to slow spread of the virus. Alexander, Hardin, Johnson, Massac, Pope, Pulaski, and Union Counties were all at the Orange Warning Level for the past two weeks.

Southern Seven reports two new deaths as a result of COVID-19 in the Southern Seven Region. The individuals were a female in her 60’s in Hardin County and a male in his 70’s in Union County. Southern Seven also reports 53 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Southern Seven Region and 67 newly recovered cases. There have been 121 deaths in the Southern Seven region since the start of the pandemic. Southern Seven also reports 42,527 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in the seven county region since vaccine first arrived on December 16, 2020. The average of individuals totally vaccinated in the S7 region is 29%.

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been 119 deaths in the Southern Seven region which includes Alexander, Hardin, Johnson, Massac, Pulaski, Pope and Union counties.

  • Alexander County had 545 potential new cases (based on 33 positive cases) per 100,000 reported. The test positivity percentage for the county was 15.9% out of 207 tests. ICU availability was 4.8%.
  • Hardin County had 818 potential new cases (based on 32 positive cases) per 100,000 reported. The test positivity percentage for the county was 9.7% out of 279 tests. ICU availability was 4.8%.
  • Johnson County had 642 potential new cases (based on 80 positive cases) per 100,000 reported. The test positivity percentage for the county was 4.0% out of 1759 tests. ICU availability was 4.8%.
  • Massac County had 696 potential new cases (based on 98 positive cases) per 100,000 reported. The test positivity percentage for the county was 12.4% out of 717 tests. ICU availability was 4.8%.
  • Pope County had 594 potential new cases (based on 25 positive cases) per 100,000 reported. The test positivity percentage for the county was 10.9% out of 211 tests. ICU availability was 4.8%.
  • Pulaski County had 934 potential new cases (based on 51 positive cases) per 100,000 reported. The test positivity percentage for the county was 15.8% out of 310 tests. ICU availability was 4.8%.
  • Union County had 398 potential new cases (based on 67 positive cases) per 100,000 reported. The test positivity percentage for the county was 5.5% out of 1,372 tests. ICU availability was 4.8%.

A warning for ICU availability shows the number of ICU beds has dropped below a 20% availability threshold.

Eight different indicators are used to determine a county’s designation. A county is considered at the orange ‘Warning’ level when at least two of the main indicators are going in the wrong direction.

To view the IDPH county-level risk map, visit the County Level Covid-19 Risk Metrics website.

S7HD has been urging southern Illinoisans to get vaccinated against COVID-19, especially with the rapid spread of the Delta variant impacting neighboring states. Also, wear a mask, wash your hands frequently, and keep your distance especially in crowded situations or indoor environments.

All seven of S7HD counties have been moved to Phase 5 of the Restore Illinois COVID-19 mitigation plan. This move fully reopened businesses across the state without restrictions. More information on Illinois’ Phase 5 Reopening Plans.

For the latest information on COVID-19 cases in the region or to find out how to get vaccinated against COVID-19, visit:
https://www.southern7.org or call the S7HD office at: (618) 634-2297.

Those living in the seven county region can now schedule themselves for COVID-19 vaccine appointments using the Illinois Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 Vaccine Registration system online at https://covidvaccination.dph.illinois.gov.

Individuals may still contact Southern Seven’s administrative office for assistance with scheduling by calling (618) 634-2297.

The state of Illinois has also launched a toll-free Vaccine Appointment Call Center open seven days a week from 6 a.m. to midnight at (833) 621-1284.

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