IL records largest single-day increase in positive COVID-19 cases

4 residents at long-term facility in Wayne Co. test positive for COVID-19

Wayne Co. reports 5 new COVID-19 cases, county total sits at 8

ILLINOIS (WFIE) - During his update on Wednesday afernoon, Gov. J.B. Pritzker and his team announced 1,677 new COVID-19 cases.

Officials say this is the largest one-day increase in total positive cases since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This brings the total number of coronavirus cases in the state to 84,698 cases.

The Governor and his team say the increase in numbers is expected due to more testing for COVID-19 being available.

Gov. Pritzker and health officials also confirmed 192 additional coronavirus deaths. The total in Illinois now sits at 3,792 deaths.

Health officials say 1,208 patients are in the ICU.

According to the state’s coronavirus website, 489,359 total tests have been administered.

Wayne County officials reported Tuesday that five additional people have tested positive for COVID-19.

Clark Griffith, the administrator for the Wayne County Health Department, says four of those new patients are linked to the Aperion, a long-term care facility.

Aperion is attached, but not affiliated, to the Fairfield Memorial Hospital, and all residents and staff are being tested. They expect staff results to come by Thursday or Friday. They say all the resident results have already come back.

Those new confirmed cases include one female in her 70s, one male in his 70s, and two men in their 60s. There’s also a female in her 30s who is not associated with the facility.

The total in Wayne County now stands at 8. We’re told that five out of the eight people are in isolation. The other three are out of isolation because they’ve met the requirements and are no longer ill.

Aperion Care officials sent us the following statement on Tuesday night:

Aperion Care will not address any specific cases or incidents, as it is our policy not to do so. We are taking a proactive approach in protecting our residents by following the recommendations of the CDC & CMS on prevention methods, including following strict handwashing procedures, and in many circumstances, wearing masks, gowns and gloves when interacting with residents who are sick. We also are staying up to date with the CDC recommendations as they are revised. In addition, the Facility is in close contact with the local and state health departments and are following their guidance. We have a certified infection preventionist through the Association for Professionals in Infection Control to assist with implementing the CDC recommendations. We have eliminated all visitors coming into our nursing facilities until further notice. We are also screening each staff member as they report to work each shift. Keeping in-touch with the families and representatives of our residents is also a top priority. To assure that we are providing the most up to date information, we will give updates on the status of each of our facilities through our website which will be updated several times each week. We will continue to communicate with our families, staff and residents, as required by CMS and IDPH.

Edwards County officials also confirmed their first pair of cases Tuesday.

We’re told both patients are in isolation at home, and officials are working on contact tracing.

Here are the numbers for our Illinois counties.

  • Wayne Co. - 8 cases
  • White Co. - 2 cases
  • Edwards Co. -2 cases
  • Wabash Co. - 1 case

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