Vermilion County reported its sixth coronavirus-related fatality — a resident in their 70s — and 34 newly confirmed cases.
The county’s seven-day positivity fell from 10.6 percent to 10.2, hospitalizations were down one (to eight) and the number of active cases declined by 21, to 221.
A breakdown by age of Thursday’s newly reported cases, which pushed Vermilion’s total to 982:
- Two grade school-aged children
- Four teens
- Three in their 20s
- Five in their 30s
- Six in their 40s
- Five in their 50s
- Four in their 60s
- Four in their 70s
- One in their 80s
The number of confirmed cases in Ford County grew by four Thursday, to 176 (110 classified as confirmed, 66 as probable).
Twenty cases remain active, including three that have led to hospitalizations.
Of the 176 cases, 31 involve residents in the 20-to-29 age group, with 24 in the under-20, 30-39 and 40-49 brackets.
Champaign County has lost two more residents to COVID-19, its sixth and seventh coronavirus-related deaths in the past nine days.
A man in his 30s and woman in her 90s — both with underlying health conditions — became the 26th and 27th county residents to die of COVID-19, C-U Public Health Administrator Julie Pryde told The News-Gazette on Thursday.
All seven deaths the past two weeks involved residents with underlying health conditions, Pryde said. Six involved people in their 80s or 90s.
Other Champaign County coronavirus numbers of note from Thursday:
— The county’s seven-day positivity rate dropped from 0.6 percent to 0.5 after 5,506 new tests produced 32 new cases.
— The number of county residents hospitalized with COVID-19 remained two.
— Recovered cases now outnumber active ones, 4,744 to 332.
— New metrics on CUPHD’s coronavirus dashboard show that there have been 7,511 close contacts who’ve quarantined throughout the pandemic. Of those, 1,047 are currently in quarantine.
— Another new metric: close contacts that became positive (798).
Here’s an updated rundown of county ZIP codes with active cases followed by their total number of cases, according to C-U Public Health District data:
- 61820/Champaign: 156 active (down 14 from Wednesday), 2,410 total
- 61821/Champaign: 39 active (up four from Wednesday), 484 total
- 61801/Urbana: 33 active (down two from Wednesday), 475 total
- 61822/Champaign: 25 active (down four from Wednesday), 366 total
- 61853/Mahomet: 15 active (down two from Wednesday), 187 total
- 61880/Tolono: 13 active (up one from Wednesday), 71 total
- 61802/Urbana: 12 active (up one from Wednesday), 352 total
- 61866/Rantoul: 10 active (unchanged from Wednesday), 323 total
- 61873/St. Joseph: 7 active (up one from Wednesday), 101 total
- 61874/Savoy: 6 active (down one from Wednesday), 129 total
- 61859/Ogden: 4 active (unchanged from Wednesday), 15 total
- 61877/Sidney: 3 active (up one from Wednesday), 26 total
- 61843/Fisher: 2 active (unchanged from Wednesday), 38 total
- 61864/Philo: 1 active (unchanged from Wednesday), 26 total
- 61878/Thomasboro: 1 active (down one from Wednesday), 17 total
- 61849/Homer: 1 active (unchanged from Wednesday), 9 total
- 61871/Royal: 1 active (unchanged from Wednesday), 7 total
- 61816/Broadlands: 1 active (unchanged from Wednesday), 3 total
- 61863/Pesotum: 0 active (unchanged from Wednesday), 13 total
- 61847/Gifford: 0 active (unchanged from Wednesday), 12 total
- 61845/Foosland: 0 active (unchanged from Wednesday), 9 total
- 60949/Ludlow: 0 active (unchanged from Wednesday), 6 total
- 61872/Sadorus: 0 active (unchanged from Wednesday), 6 total
- 61875/Seymour: 0 active (unchanged from Wednesday), 6 total
- 61840/Dewey: 0 active (unchanged from Wednesday), 5 total
- 61862/Penfield: 0 active (unchanged from Wednesday), 2 total
- 61810/Allerton: 0 active (unchanged from Wednesday), 1 total
- 61851/Ivesdale: 0 active (unchanged from Wednesday), 1 total
The county’s pandemic totals: 590,847 tests, 5,103 confirmed cases and 27 fatalities.
The statewide seven-day positivity rate rose to 3.7 percent Thursday when 3,059 of 72,491 tests came back positive.
The Illinois Department of Public Health on Thursday also reported 32 lives lost to the coronavirus:
- Adams County: 1 male 90s
- Champaign County: 1 male 30s, 1 female 90s
- Clark County: 1 female 80s
- Clay County: 1 male 70s
- Coles County: 1 female 80s
- Cook County: 1 male 50s, 2 female 60s, 3 female 80s
- DuPage County: 1 male 70s, 1 male 80s
- Fayette County: 1 female 70s
- Greene County: 1 female 80s
- Kane County: 2 males 70s, 1 female 80s
- Livingston County: 1 male 50s
- McLean County: 1 male 80s
- Montgomery County: 1 female 80s
- Saline County: 1 male 60s
- Sangamon County: 1 male 50s
- Shelby County: 1 female 90s
- St. Clair County: 1 male 50s
- Tazewell County: 1 female 80s, 1 male 90s
- Vermilion County: 1 male 70s
- Will County: 1 female 70s, 1 male 80s
- Winnebago County: 1 female 90s
— Daily statewide hospitalization totals, according to IDPH: 1,755 people hospitalized, 392 patients in ICU beds and 163 patients on ventilators.
— Pandemic totals, according to IDPH: 6,105,780 tests, 310,700 cases and 8,910 deaths.
Two Vermilion County high schools — Westville and Bismarck-Henning — are shifting to all-remote learning for two weeks, district officials said.
Both the Bismarck-Henning district and Bismarck-Henning-Rossville-Alvin Cooperative High School will reopen for in-person learning on Oct. 26, Superintendent Scott Watson announced in a letter to parents Thursday:
“Unfortunately, we have had a few more positive COVID-19 test results in the district. We also have a large number of students in quarantine for close contact. I conferred with the Vermilion County Health Department this morning and the consensus is that we needed to shut down both districts (Bismarck-Henning CUSD #1 & Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin Cooperative High School) for 14 days and go remote learning during the closure,” Watson wrote.
“The full closure will begin tomorrow and we will reopen for in-person instruction on Monday, October 26th. This will hopefully give things a chance to settle down before we students return. This definitely is not the news I was wanting to share. I do believe the district has done everything it can do in order to offer in-person learning but we cannot control what happens once students leave.
“Please continue to work hard to keep your children safe and healthy as we will certainly get through this. As we have done since day one, we will continue to work with the Vermilion County Health Department and the Illinois Department of Public Health to strictly follow their guidelines pertaining to public schools.”