Bryan Hunt - Breese Journal Editor
The Clinton County Board of Health received what appears to be a favorable update in the county's COVID numbers during their regular meeting on Oct. 5 in Carlyle.
As of that day, the county's COVID-19 positivity rate was 3.4% and the Illinois Department of Public Health's EMS Region 4 was at 4.3% "so they're continuing to go down," according to Chris Leidel, administrator of the Clinton County Health Department.
He said what the health department was seeing, for about two weeks, was that COVID-19 numbers remained steady and then they dropped.
"It's good news; we're not seeing any spikes," Leidel said.
Leidel said they are seeing the number of patients hospitalized due to COVID-19 going down, "Which is great."
Things have been steady at the county health department's testing site, Leidel said, where they're performing at least 100 COVID-19 tests per day.
Testing is done four days a week at the Clinton County Fairgrounds in Carlyle, and takes place Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, from 9 to 11 a.m. This service has been conducted since May.
Leidel said Clinton and Bond counties are the only two he knows of that are doing testing on a regular basis.
Keeping things the same at the test site is something Leidel likes, that way people know when the health department is out there testing.
Even in the summer, when they were only doing about 10 tests per day, "We felt that it was important to be there, even if people didn't need us, just because then when they did —when August hit — people knew we were out there."
Leidel said they will continue to keep the same testing schedule.
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