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A Shelby County man in his 90s and a Christian County woman in her 50s were among the 28 COVID-19 deaths reported on Thursday by the Illinois Department of Public Health, which reported 1,953 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease in the state.

The state website now shows four deaths related to the virus in Shelby County and eight deaths in Christian County since the pandemic began.

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 255,643 cases, including 8,242 deaths, in 102 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years. The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from September 3 – September 9 is 3.8%. Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 48,982 specimens for a total of 4,575,721. As of last night, 1,609 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 346 patients were in the ICU and 141 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

Following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, IDPH is now reporting separately both confirmed and probable cases and deaths on its website. Reporting probable cases will help show the potential burden of COVID-19 illness and efficacy of population-based non-pharmaceutical interventions. IDPH will update these data once a week.

The Shelby County Health Department announced Wednesday that six more county residents have tested positive for COVID-19: A 14-year-old male, an 18-year-old female, a 24-year-old male and a 33-year-old female are presenting mild symptoms. A 53-year-old-female is asymptomatic. A 60-year-old female has moderate symptoms.

State metrics reported for the week ending Aug. 22 showed Shelby County’s positivity rate was at 9.3% with a “WARNING LEVEL” for weekly positives per 100,000 population exceeding 50 per 100K to 193 per 100K. Shelby County for the week ending Aug. 29 showed Shelby County’s positivity rate at 9.7% with weekly positives rate per 100,000 population exceeding 50 per 100K to 202 per 100K.

Effective last week, Shelby County’s has been designated by IDPH at Warning level for coronavirus disease. A county enters into a, “WARNING LEVEL” when two or more risk indicators for Covid-19 exceed the targeted indicators. The county now has two-hundred and seventy-nine (279) residents that have tested positive for COVID-19. The state has 30 thirty counties at “WARNING LEVELS” including four neighboring counties as shown at dph.illinois.gov/countymetrics?county=Shelby.

The Illinois deaths reported Thursday:

• Adams County: 1 male 90s

• Christian County: 1 female 50s

• Cook County: 2 males 60s, 1 female 70s

• Edgar County: 1 male 80s

• Ford County: 1 male 80s

• Henry County: 1 male 70s

• Jersey County: 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s

• Kane County: 1 female 80s, 1 female 90s

• Lake County: 1 male 70s

• Madison County: 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 female 90s

• McLean County; 1 male 70s

• Montgomery County: 1 female 70s

• Randolph County: 1 female 50s

• Rock Island County: 1 female 80s

• Sangamon County: 1 male 40s

• Shelby County: 1 male 90s

• Will County: 1 female 40s, 1 male 60s, 1 male 90s

• Winnebago County: 1 male 60s

• Woodford County: 1 male 80s

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