Effingham County reports 34 new COVID cases

The Effingham County Health Department received notice Friday of 34 new positive cases of COVID-19.

Three individuals have been hospitalized this week. The department is still investigating whether these individuals have had contact with known COVID-positive cases. The cases range in age from teen to 80s. As of Friday, 337 residents are in isolation and 334 have recovered from the virus.

Illinois health authorities reported 2,806 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, one day after a recently discovered backlog of tests added more than 5,000 cases to the statewide totals.

An additional 23 deaths linked to COVID-19 also were reported Saturday. Illinois has reported 248,177 cases and 8,166 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

About 96% of people have recovered. The state data showed health authorities received lab results for a total of 61,935 tests during the past 24 hours.

On Friday, state health officials said the backlog included two days worth of test results from Tuesday through Thursday.

The Effingham County Health Department will be hosting an IDPH Mobile COVID Testing Unit on Tuesday, Sept. 8, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the health department. This drive-thru clinic is open to everyone at no cost to the individual, with no appointment needed. Bring your insurance card if you have one.

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