Number of active cases going down

Over the past week, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Randolph County has been slowly going down again. 

On April 13, Randolph County Health Department Administrator Angela Oathout reported that there were only 15 active cases. There were also no individuals reported to be in the hospital at that time.

Overall there has been a total of 4,098 confirmed positive cases and 85 deaths (with the last death reported on April 1).

In Monroe County, Health Department Administrator John Wagner on April 13 reported there were 62 active cases. Overall, there has been a total of 4,328 confirmed positive cases.

Due to discrepancies with the state, he is no longer reporting COVID-19 related deaths, but as of April 1, there were 105 deaths reported in Monroe County.

Statewide, Governor JB Pritzker had noted that all Illinois residents age 16 and older would be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine beginning Monday, April 12, as vaccine supply – but also virus transmission rates and hospitalizations – continues to increase. Currently, the only vaccine approved for 16 and 17 year olds, in addition to 18 and older, is the Pfizer vaccine. Both Moderna and the Johnson & Johnson vaccine have only been approved for ages 18 and up.

Oathout noted in her reports that Randolph County has opened up vaccine to all individuals, however, they are only offering the Moderna vaccine.

For more COVID-19 updates, please see this week’s print edition.