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COVID Update: Fewer counties in 'elevated status'

Data from the CDC shows nine Illinois counties with elevated levels of COVID-19 transmission levels
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
CDC data shows elevated transmission levels of COVID-19 in nine Illinois counties

Southern Illinois Covid-19 Data for the week ending March 12, 2023

Illinois' COVID-19 transmission rates appear to be dropping.

Nine counties remain in the CDC's "elevated" transmission status - down from 26 last week. Of the nine, one is at a high level, the others are all in the medium category.

Eight of the nine counties are in the WSIU listening area: Clay County is the high transmission level, while Edwards, Franklin, Jackson, Jasper, Perry, Richland, Williamson, and White Counties are at medium levels.

Nearly 9,000 new cases were reported in the past week, along with 63 more deaths attributed to the disease. But health officials say more options are available for prevention and treatment of the virus - including vaccines and boosters, at-home tests, and medicines available via prescription or infusion.

This week, the state also announced a new program to distribute HEPA air purifiers to thousands of schools across Illinois. Leaders say those purifiers will help protect students and teachers from numerous viruses - including COVID-19.

Former WSIU Associate Director of News and Public Affairs Jennifer Fuller joined Capitol News Illinois in July 2023 as the organization’s broadcast director.

Contact Jennifer Fuller at jfuller@capitolnewsillinois.com
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