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Active COVID-19 cases continue to drop in Randolph County

Herald Tribune staff report
updated: 5/20/2020 9:52 AM

Randolph County is currently monitoring 45 active cases of coronavirus, a decrease of eight cases since Monday and 20 fewer cases than were reported on Saturday, the county EMA department said Tuesday afternoon.

Also on Tuesday, the Randolph County Board passed a resolution calling on Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker to allow businesses and shops to reopen here, ahead of the governor's phased-in reopening schedule.

In Randolph, three new cases were reported Tuesday for a cumulative total of 248 confirmed cases. Of the 45 active cases, four people are hospitalized and 41 individuals remain under quarantine and are recovering at home.

Randolph County has had three coronavirus-related deaths.

Meanwhile, 200 patients have been released to resume normal activity and the county has tested a total of 1,353 people, with 1,106 testing negative -- a positivity rate of 18.3%

The county board resolution cites final hardship caused by the pandemic and Pritzker's executive orders, specifically mentioning big employers Gilster Mary Lee, The Material Works and Spartan Light Metals by name.

The resolution also said that owners of salons and barber shops, retail stores, private massage therapists, fitness gyms, restaurants and bars are "losing customers and suffering financially."

"The Randolph County Board of Commissioners believes that these service businesses can safely operate with guidance and supervision from our public heath department and hospitals ... and the landscape in Randolph County, as with most of southern Illinois is much more spread out that heavily populated metropolitan areas," the resolution reads.

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 as of Tuesday, Jefferson County has 100 cases and 17 deaths and Jackson County has reported 186 cases and 10 deaths. Union County has 122 cases and four deaths.

Williamson County has 52 cases and one death, while Perry and Pulaski counties have 40 cases apiece; Washington has 18 and Franklin 11; Alexander has eight; Johnson County has seven; Massac and Saline have six each; Gallatin, Hamilton and White counties have two each; Hardin and Pope counties have one apiece.

Nearer to St. Louis, St. Clair County was reporting 832 cases and 69 deaths, while Monroe County has 90 cases and 11 deaths.