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Jackson County Sets Single-day Record for New COVID-19 Cases

MURPHYSBORO – A single-day record for new COVID-19 cases was set Wednesday in Jackson County. The Jackson County Health Department was notified of 115 cases Wednesday, eclipsing the previous daily record of 87 cases from November 12, 2020.

Through the first 11 days of August, there have been 451 new cases in Jackson County, which exceeds every monthly case total except for three (Nov. 2020-Jan. 2021). Using metrics established by CDC, the level of community transmission is considered “high” across Southern Illinois and across much of the nation. Also of concern is the number of new cases in those who are teens and younger. Twenty-five percent of August cases have been in that age range.

There are currently 414 active cases being managed in Jackson County. There have been 6,052 cases to date, with 78 related deaths. 5,560 individuals have been released from isolation, including 7 Wednesday.

Almost all new COVID-19 cases are estimated by CDC to be due to the Delta variant of the original virus which causes COVID-19. The Delta variant, or strain of the virus, is twice as transmissible as the original virus, meaning it is much more easily passed from one person to another.

The Jackson County Health Department is providing routine immunizations and COVID-19 vaccinations on a walk-in basis Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with additional hours on Tuesdays from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are available to those age 12 and older. Those age 12-17 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to provide consent. Vaccinations are free, no insurance information is collected, and no appointment is needed.