With a date of June 11 pencilled in for the state’s entering Phase 5 of the Restore Illinois plan, COVID numbers around the Southern Seven Health Department region seem to be heading downward.

Six new cases of COVID — one less than 5-years-old; two in their 20s; one in their 50s; and two 80 and above — were reported in Massac County from May 19-25.

As of Tuesday, Massac County has reached 1352 total cases since the pandemic began.

Of that number, 1307 people have recovered. As of Tuesday, there were 10 active cases.

In the past week, there have been 37 new cases with 47 recovered in the Southern Seven counties.

There have been 6916 cumulative cases in the region since the pandemic began.

Neither Massac County nor the Southern Seven region has attributed a death to COVID since April 26, keeping deaths due to the virus at 35 in Massac County since the first was reported in August 2020 and at 102 in the seven-county region — Alexander, Hardin, Johnson, Massac, Pope, Pulaski and Union — since the first was reported in May 2020.

Since the COVID vaccine first arrived on Dec. 16, 2020, 7027 vaccines have been administered in Massac County with 3372 fully vaccinated through Tuesday, meaning 23.957% of the county’s population has been fully vaccinated.

The region stands at an average of 21.81% of individuals totally vaccinated as 31,518 doses had been administered through Friday, May 21.

As of Tuesday, according to the Illiinois Departmetn of Helath, there were 808 new individuals with COVID-19 identified in the state, bringing the confirmed total to 1,377,249 individuals with 22,650 deaths.

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