Rising number of COVID cases puts Cass County on state’s warning list

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    Virginia – Cass County has been placed on the Illinois Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 warning list as the case count continues to climb. The warning was based on a positivity rate of 8.3%, a case rate of 147 per 100,000, and the number of tests performed.
    On Friday, the IDPH confirmed seven new COVID cases in the county. They include a male in his 20s, two females in their 30s, three males in their 40s, and a male in his 50s.
    One previously reported positive case was found to be a person who resided in a neighboring county; that case has been transferred. Cass County’s overall COVID-19 case count is now at 201. The total number recovered is 147, with 11 deaths None are currently hospitalized.
    The county health department continues to provide testing at its Beardstown location by appointment.
    “The economic recovery of our businesses, and the successful reopening of our schools depends on what we as a community do to stop this virus from spreading,” according to a statement from the local health department. “Please stay home if you or someone in your home is sick. Wear a mask if you are unable to socially distance, and continue to wash your hands frequently.”
    Persons testing positive to the virus have been instructed to isolate at home. The health department is in the process of identifying close contacts, who will be instructed to quarantine.