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Bureau County reports 4th COVID-19-related death in past 7 days

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Jackson County reports 3 new COVID-19 cases, is at warning level

This is the 4th COVID-19-related death in the Bureau, Putnam and Marshall region in the past seven days.

The Laurel County Health Department reported 16 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, none of which are hospitalized.

In addition, the health department reported that the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the county stands at 2,311 as of Monday, an increase of 18 from the 2,293 that were reported by the department Saturday, Oct. 10.

The omission of the number of people hospitalized who've tested positive for COVID-19 comes just a few days after the county announced on Monday that it would no longer be reporting the number of residents under quarantine/isolation orders. 3 stood at 5.8%, down from 6.3% for the week of September 20 to 26, according to county health data.

Thurston County cases of COVID-19 continue to rise, including 18 more on Thursday, and that has led the county's health officer to recommend that school districts pause the expansion of in-person learning.

The Jackson County Health Department asks all residents to follow public health guidelines by wearing a mask in public, maintaining social distance, avoiding social gatherings, washing hands frequently and working with health department officials as they conduct contact tracing.

People ages 20 to 49 make up the majority of COVID-19 cases in Kendall County, according to health data.

A county with a COVID-19 rate over 25 cases per 100,000 people is considered critical, which is signified on the state map with the color red.

The Knox County Health Department reported 10 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, including one child and one from a congregated setting.

Whitley County has had a total of 687 COVID-19 cases.

The Lake Cumberland District Health Department has reported a total of 235 COVID-19 cases in McCreary County as of October 14.

Although not listed on the county website, the Illinois Department of Public Health lists Opportunity House as a long-term care facility, and as of Thursday, reported an outbreak of 15 cases.

Bell County has had a total of 583 COVID-19 cases with two people now hospitalized, who range in age from 52-62. Outbreaks at the Cherington Place (three deaths) and Evergreen Hamlets long-term care facilities in Surrey are also over.

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