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COVID Update: Levels low in much of Illinois, but IDPH is monitoring for increases

A computer rendering of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
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A computer rendering of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

More than a dozen southern Illinois counties are at elevated levels

Illinois health leaders say 15 counties remain at elevated risk for the spread of COVID-19 this week.

State Public Health Director Dr. Sameer Vohra says his agency is monitoring an uptick in cases, but he says overall numbers are staying low in the latest statistics.

Richland County is listed at high community level according to the CDC, with a dozen other counties in southern Illinois at the medium level.

New cases topped 10,000 this week, with 62 new deaths. Those numbers bring the state's totals since the pandemic began to more than 4,000,000 positive tests, and more than 36,000 deaths connected to COVID-19.

Access to tests and treatments can be found through your local public health department or your primary care physician.

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