Randolph County had 190 total cases of coronavirus on Monday, but the number of active cases dropped by 10 from Sunday to Monday, giving the county a small ray of sunshine, according to the news release distributed by Randolph County EMA.
On Monday afternoon, the county had 113 active cases of COVID-19, 10 fewer than it had on Sunday, the statement said. Of the 113, four remain in area hospitals and 109 are recovering under isolation at home.
Seventy-five patients have recovered and resumed normal lives, two patients have died and 670 people living in Randolph County have tested negative for the virus.
The Randolph County Health Department says it will consider releasing an individual after they have fulfilled the recommended quarantine period and have been asymptomatic for three consecutive days.
Meanwhile, medical staff from Chester Memorial Hospital, Red Bud Regional Hospital and Sparta Community Hospital are working with the Gilster-Mary Lee Corp. to conduct on-site screening and testing of all employees who enter or depart any of the GML plants.
For privacy reasons, Randolph health officials are not identifying the patients by gender or age, but they are offering the ZIP codes of where those patients or former patients reside: 62233 (Chester); 62237 (Swanwick); 62241 (Ellis Grove); 62242 (Evansville); 62261 (Modoc); 62272 (Percy); 62277 (Prairie du Rocher); 62278 (Red Bud); 62286 (Sparta); 62288 (Steeleville); 62292 (Tilden) and 62297 (Walsh).
Elsewhere in southern Illinois, Jefferson County reported 86 cases and 15 deaths. Jackson County, meanwhile, reported Monday it was the first day with no new cases since April 16. The county has had 147 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 80 of those active. There have been nine deaths.
Williamson County reported 37 cases on Monday, while Union and Perry counties had 32 cases. Pulaski County had 20 cases, Washington had 14 and Franklin had 10; Alexander, Massac, Johnson and Saline counties reported four cases apiece; Gallatin, Hamilton and White counties had two each; Hardin County had one case and Pope County still had 0.
Nearer to St. Louis, St. Clair County was reporting 579 cases and 41 deaths on Monday, while Monroe County had 74 cases and 11 deaths.