Latest Monroe County COVID-19 numbers still higher than recent weeks


The county also announced 21 new recoveries, as 1,179 residents have recovered from the illness. Since the start of the pandemic, 10.2% of the county's tests were positive. The new 24 cases has not been included in that number.

Friday's seven-day average of 320 is 3.6 times that. The region's rate has not dropped below 8% since mitigations went into effect. Since the end of August, the county has added 1,265 new cases and 13 new deaths.

There has been a total of 196 cases among inmates and 29 cases among staff. The number of new cases reported in a day may not match the difference in total cases over a 24-hour period. Those people include a man in his 70s, and woman in her 70s, and a man in his 60s, according to Thurston County Public Health and Social Services.

Three deaths were also reported Friday: a Chaves County man in his 70s, a Chaves County man in his 80s who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions, and a Sandoval County man in his 80s who was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. There are between 256 to 260 cases in Sycamore; 181 and 185 in Sandwich; 131 and 135 cases in Genoa; 81 and 85 cases in Cortland; 36 to 40 in Hinckley and Kirkland, 31 and 35 in Kingston; 26 and 30 in Somonauk and Malta; 16 to 20 in Waterman; and 11 and 15 in Shabbona and Maple Park. The county reported 173 coronavirus-related deaths.

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The number of active cases held steady at 169.

Julia Rivera, a spokeswoman for the county jail, said there were 28 new cases among inmates reported Friday. Numbers vary between state and health departments because of data lags. 720 of those cases are confirmed, while the rest are presumed positive cases.

In the second stage, which will start November 1 if there are only 1,000 cases a day, grades 1-4 can return to school, synagogues can reopen and elective medical procedures will resume.

Two more McLean County residents have died after contracting COVID-19, while several McLean County nursing homes are dealing with coronavirus outbreaks.