Local Cases Continue To Drop, State On Rise

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Montgomery County finished the month of March with just over 100 new COVID-19 coronavirus cases, the lowest number since last summer, according to daily stats provided by the Montgomery County Health Department.

That total compares to 232 new cases in February, and 709 in January and 704 in February during the holiday surge.  In the past few days, the health department reported three new positive tests on Sunday, one on Monday, and one on Tuesday.

While 70 percent of Illinois residents 65 years and older have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, not all of the metrics needed to advance to the “Bridge Phase” and on to Phase 5 of the Restore Illinois Plan have been met, the Illinois Department (IDPH) of Public Health reported on Wednesday, March 31.  

“The number of people being admitted to the hospital in Illinois due to COVID-19 continues to increase,” according to an IDPH release on Wednesday.  “As long as new hospital admissions continue to increase, the state will not advance.  The number of cases of COVID-19 has seen an increasing trend as well.  Health officials continue to urge all residents to continue to mask up, socially distance, and avoid crowds to reduce transmission and bring the metrics back in line to transition to the Bridge Phase.”

The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for March 24-30 is 3.3 percent, IDPH reported.

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