Southern Seven Health Department reports the region has broken the 10,000-mark in cumulative COVID-19 cases.

The department reported 10,002 cumulative cases on Thursday, Sept. 30. Its first regional case of COVID was reported in Massac County on April 1, 2020.

The Illinois Department of Public Health announced on Friday, Oct. 1, that Hardin County has stabilized its COVID-19 infections, moving it to blue status, while the other six counties — Alexander, Johnson, Massac, Pope, Pulaski and Union — remain at an Orange Warning Level status on the risk metrics.

Massac County had 355 potential new cases (based on 50 positive cases) per 100,000 reported. The test positivity percentage for the county was 7.4% out of 639 tests. ICU availability was 2.7%.

“There are some positive signs in this week’s report. Test positivity percentages have continued to decline in all our counties except for Pope County,” said Nathan Ryder, Southern Seven’s contact tracing outreach coordinator. “We’re also beginning to see some improvements with the availability of ICU beds in our region. Hopefully, residents in our area can keep these trends up and move all our counties out of the Orange Warning level status.”

From Sept. 29 through Oct. 5 in Massac County, Southern Seven reported 60 new cases of COVID — two in less than 10-years-old; eight teenagers; eight in their 20s; five in their 30s; eight in their 40s; eight in their 50s; 14 in their 60s; four in their 70s; and three in their 80s or above.

As of Tuesday, Massac County has reached 2081 total cases since the pandemic began. Of that number, 1965 have recovered.

As of Tuesday, there were 72 active cases. As of Tuesday, 9490 Massac Countians have received the vaccine since it became available in December 2020. Of that number, 4606 have been fully vaccinated — meaning 32.71% of the county’s population has been fully vaccinated.

Massac County reported one death — a male in his 80s — due to COVID on Wednesday, Sept 29, bringing the number to 45 since the pandemic began. It is one of five deaths reported in the Southern Seven region for the week, bringing that total to 162.

There have been 10,119 cumulative cases in the Southern Seven region since the pandemic began, with 181 newly confirmed cases reported from Sept. 29 through Oct. 5.

A total of 19,794 variant cases have been reported in the state through Tuesday.

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