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COVID-19 positivity rate over 6% in Region 1 for first time since January

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WREX) — Region 1's seven-day rolling positivity rate for the coronavirus is trending the wrong direction.

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According to the Illinois Department of Public Health's website, the region's seven-day rolling positivity rate is up to 6.1%. That's the highest it's been in Region 1 since Jan. 21, when the positivity rate was 6.2%.

The number of hospitalizations in Region 1 is also increasing while the number of ICU beds available is decreasing.

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There's currently 77 people in the hospital in Region 1 while there's only 21% of ICU beds available, just 1% higher than the state's threshold of 20%.

Region 1 has currently gone 113 straight days with at least 20% of ICU beds available, according to the IDPH website.

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State health officials announced 2,102 new confirmed and probable cases of the virus, along with 11 more deaths on Monday.

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 1,258,736 cases and 21,384 deaths across the state since the pandemic started.

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