Region 3 continues to be on the rise for COVID-19. The area which includes Sangamon, Christian, Montgomery, and Macoupin Counties has a 10% positivity rate for COVID-19 according to Chris-Mont EMA. Chris-Mont EMA released information over the weekend urging residents to please take all precautions necessary to keep themselves safe and healthy during this increase. Region 3 has increased nearly 3% in positivity since October 20th.
Even as a whole Illinois has posted over 7,000 cases of COVID-19 every day for the last 4 days straight. The concern of course being the vulnerable population of people who are either older, or who have health conditions which lead to higher exposure rates. A lot of comparisons have been made to the flu and COVID being similar, however, in Illinois nearly 3,500 people die annually of the flu, while so far this year 9,757 people have died from COVID-19.
Chris-Mont EMA, encourages everyone to do our best to slow this virus by social distancing when outside the home, wearing a mask, washing hands frequently, avoiding large gatherings which include entertainment venues, weddings/receptions, and family or friend get-togethers (in smaller gatherings, wear a mask and social distance), and above all else stay home if you are sick.
For more information, contact your local health departments, your local physician, and do what you need to do to keep you and your family safe.