Region 6 positivity rate averages above 8%

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Cameron Krasucki

Junior Jessica Osemwengie deposits her completed COVID-19 test into the receptacle at the State Farm Center testing site on Oct. 9. Some students are unable to go home for Thanksgiving break due to having to quarantine.

By Samantha Boyle, Managing Editor for Reporting

Champaign County and the University have seen a steady rise in COVID-19 cases since mid-October. As of Nov. 4, Champaign County has 6,789 positive cases and has performed more than 800,000 tests.

On Monday, Champaign County announced another death totaling the county’s death toll to 29.

Six people are currently hospitalized in Champaign County and 6,151 people recovered.

Region 6, which includes Champaign County, has a 9.9% seven-day rolling positivity rate excluding the University’s saliva tests as of Saturday. Including the saliva tests, Region 6 has a 3.6% positivity rate.

Champaign County has a 6.5% positivity rate excluding University data. Including University data, Champaign County has a 1.4% seven-day rolling positivity rate.

On Oct. 30, Region 6, excluding University salvia tests, had a 9.5% seven-day rolling positivity rate and Champaign County itself had a 5.6% rolling positivity rate.

Illinois Department of Public Health is consistently monitoring signs of significant increases in COVID-19 transmissions in each region. If there are three consecutive days where the rolling positivity rate is equal to or greater than 8%, additional mitigation interventions would be needed in the region.

As Illinois recently moved back to Phase 3 as part of Restore Illinois, all bars and restaurants are required to close at 11 p.m. and have no indoor service or dining. Social gatherings are limited to 25 guests or 25% of overall room capacity.

Once the positivity rate moves back down to a 6.5% average, the region may return back to Phase 4.

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