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Coronavirus positivity rate at an all-time low in Region 1

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WREX) — The seven-day rolling positivity rate for the coronavirus has reached an all-time low in Region 1 since the state started tracking positivity rate.

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The Illinois Department of Public Health started tracking the positivity rate for the virus in the summer. The first date on record on IDPH's website is June 11.

The rolling positivity rate on Feb. 20 was at 3%, the lowest its ever been per IDPH data. The previous low for the region was 3.1%, which the region reached on several occasions.

The seven-day rolling positivity rate in Winnebago County is currently at 2.8%. This ties the lowest positivity rate in the county on record, according to IDPH. The county also reported a 2.8% positivity rate on Aug. 12, 2020.

The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from February 16–22, 2021 is 3.0%.

On Tuesday, IDPH reported 1,665 new confirmed and probable cases of the virus along with 27 more deaths.

One of those deaths was a Winnebago County man in his 20s, according to IDPH.

13 WREX has reached out to the Winnebago County Health Department for more information on the death, but the health department says they can't provide more information due to patient confidentiality.

RELATED: Illinois launches state-supported mass vaccination site in Rockford

Of the 27 new deaths reported on Tuesday, the man from Winnebago County was the only death reported from Region 1.

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