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Coronavirus

Sauk Valley reports 25 coronavirus cases Thursday, regional rate increases

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The Sauk Valley reported 25 cases of coronavirus Thursday, and the regional positivity rate continues to increase.

Whiteside County had nine new cases with one younger than 20, three in their 20s, two in their 30s, one in his or her 50s and two in their 70s as well as one new recovery for a total of 734 cases, 20 deaths and 561 recoveries.

Lee County reported six new cases with one in his or her 20s, two in their 30s and three in their 40s, 50s and 80s totaling 351 cases, one death and 275 recoveries.

Ogle County had 10 new cases for a total of 688 cases, six deaths and 551 recoveries.

Carroll County did not report new cases Thursday and remains at 221 cases and five deaths.

The North region (Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside and Winnebago counties) has seen six days of positivity increases and two days of hospital admission increases, an increase in both metrics. The region's positivity rate increased to 7.7%, the highest rate of any of the state's 11 regions.

If Region 1 hits 8% positive for three consecutive days, the state will put the region on additional mitigations such as early closures and limited hours for bars, restaurants, gaming facilities, and casinos; further restrictions on indoor services and dining; and reducing the number of guests for social gatherings.

Testing in the Sterling area totals 3,502 tests and 262 positive cases. Rock Falls has had 1,850 tests and 130 cases, and Dixon has had 4,989 tests and 259 cases.

Illinois announced 2,257 new cases and 30 additional deaths totaling 281,371 cases with 8,538 deaths.

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