Monroe County tops 100 coronavirus cases

It took roughly 10 weeks from the first reported case, but Monroe County passed the century mark of coronavirus cases last week. 

There are now 107 cases of the virus here, up from 97 last Tuesday. The death toll remains at 12. 

Three of the new cases come from Cedarhurst Senior Living at 526 Legacy Drive in Waterloo. 

An employee tested positive there in the last days of May. Another employee and a resident have since tested positive. 

“Cedarhurst is working with the Monroe County Health Department and Illinois Department of Public Health to respond to the outbreak and is taking every precaution to prevent the spread in the facility,” Monroe County Health Department Administrator John Wagner said.

According to a letter from Cedarhurst to residents, families and friends, employees who test positive for coronavirus will remain isolated in their home and not return to work until they have two negative tests and are asymptomatic for 72 hours.

All Cedarhurst residents are quarantined to their rooms because of the positive cases. 

The other new cases were among the public, Wagner said.

According to the IDPH, there are 45 confirmed cases of the virus in the Columbia zip code (214 tests performed), 57 in the Waterloo zip code (750 tests performed) and nine in the Valmeyer zip code (44 tests performed).

Fifty-six people have recovered from the virus in Monroe County so far, according to Wagner. Eleven are hospitalized or in a rehabilitation facility. 

In nearby St. Clair County, there are 1,668 confirmed cases, including 130 coronavirus-related deaths. A total of 11,534 people have been tested there.

To the south, Randolph County has 279 confirmed cases, only two of which are active. Seven people have died from the virus, 270 have recovered and none are hospitalized with it in that county.

The virus appears to still be slowing across the region. 

In the southern region of the state under Illinois’ reopening plan, there is a positivity rate of 3 percent, a 0 percent decrease in positivity rates, and a 55 percent drop in hospital admissions for coronavirus-like illnesses in the last 14-28 days.

The region also has a 46 percent medical and surgical bed capacity, 54 percent ICU bed availability and 78 percent ventilator availability. 

To move to the next phase, a region must have a test positive rate under 20 percent that is increasing by no more than 10 percentage points over 14 days, no overall increase in hospital admissions for COVID-19-like illnesses for 28 days and surge capacity of at least 14 percent for ICU, medical and surgical beds and ventilators.

A region must be also able to test anyone regardless of symptoms or risk factors and have contact tracing and monitoring begin within 24 hours of diagnosis for more than 90 percent of cases.

There are 133,639 cases of coronavirus and 6,398 deaths in Illinois, according to the IDPH.

The IDPH announced 623 new cases and 72 new deaths on Tuesday. There were 473 additional cases and 19 additional deaths on Monday. There were 672 more cases and 19 more deaths on Sunday. There were 673 new cases and 29 new deaths on Saturday. There were 595 additional cases and 77 additional deaths on Friday. There were 766 more cases and 91 more deaths on Thursday. There were 625 new cases and 78 new deaths on Wednesday.

In Missouri, there were 16,417 confirmed cases and 882 deaths as of Tuesday. That includes 5,392 cases in St. Louis County and 2,052 cases in St. Louis City, according to the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services. 

Nationally, more than 2,124,082 people had contracted the virus as of Tuesday afternoon, while 116,210 people have died from it.

Worldwide, there are over 8 million cases of coronavirus and at least 437,152 COVID-19-related deaths.

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Corey Saathoff

Corey is the editor of the Republic-Times. He has worked at the newspaper since 2004, and currently resides in Columbia. He is also the principal singer-songwriter and plays guitar in St. Louis area country-rock band The Trophy Mules.
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