Active COVID cases at 100 or under third consecutive day

While Illinois saw a record 238 deaths from COVID-19 virus on Wednesday, locally for a third consecutive day the number of active cases within The Sentinel area of coverage has remained at 100 or less.

Wednesdays figure from the Illinois Department of Public Health surpassed the high of 191 set back in mid-May. Health officials admitted that the new high could be from delayed reporting of data over the Thanksgiving weekend.

"Today marks a solemn milestone, with 238 lives lost to COVID-19 reported in the last 24 hours," Governor J.B. Pritzker said during his Wednesday coronavirus update. "We'll continue to watch these numbers closely in the coming weeks to have a better picture of our trajectory, but a life lost, reported late, following a holiday, is still a life lost."

As of today the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District is reporting the six villages The Sentinel covers has 97 active case, up three from Wednesday's 94.There are 11 active cases in Ogden, 9 in Philo, 2 in Royal, 5 in Sidney, 45 in St. Joseph and Tolono has 25 reported cases.


On Tuesday, the CUPHD reported 100 cases, a number our area last witnessed on November 15 when the area went from 69 to 110 cases overnight. The rolling average the last seven days of November was 127 cases.

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