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Steve Hoffman, editor of Community Media Group’s Piatt County Journal-Republican, reports:

Piatt County Transportation has announced that a driver has tested positive for COVID-19.

The employee last worked on Wednesday, and was tested Saturday after experiencing mild symptoms.

“We are confident all protocol for PPE was followed, therefore there is minimal risk to our riders and staff,” said PIATTRAN Director Jami Trybom. “We have reached out to anyone who rode with that driver on Tuesday or Wednesday.”

She said the driver is not a Piatt County resident.

PIATTRAN drivers have been wearing masks, and social distancing requirements have been observed on buses since the COVID-19 outbreak began.

The service will continue to operate, but “out of an abundance of caution,” Trybom said rides scheduled Tuesday for those in higher-risk health categories are being canceled.

“Be assured we will do our best to update you if the situation should change. It our goal to be as transparent as possible with any health or safety concern,” she said in a release.

Questions can be referred to Trybom at or by calling 217-762-7821.

Sunday positivity

Of 9,246 new tests in Champaign County, 42 came back positive Sunday, a rate of 0.5 percent.

The county’s seven-day positivity rate stood at 0.8 percent.

Other numbers of note:

  • The number of county residents hospitalized with COVID-19 remained unchanged from Saturday, at three.
  • Active cases rose by 38, to 888.
  • For the entire pandemic, 286,906 tests have produced 2,806 confirmed cases.

Here’s an updated rundown of county ZIP codes with active cases followed by their total number of cases, according to C-U Public Health District data:

  • 61820/Champaign: 635 active, 1,029 total
  • 61801/Urbana: 94 active, 234 total
  • 61821/Champaign: 34 active, 353 total
  • 61822/Champaign: 32 active, 218 total
  • 61873/St. Joseph: 22 active, 51 total
  • 61802/Urbana: 18 active, 273 total
  • 61874/Savoy: 13 active, 81 total
  • 61866/Rantoul: 12 active, 279 total
  • 61853/Mahomet: 11 active, 111 total
  • 61880/Tolono: 5 active, 43 total
  • 61863/Pesotum: 3 active, 10 total
  • 61843/Fisher: 2 active, 32 total
  • 61878/Thomasboro: 2 active, 8 total
  • 61877/Sidney: 1 active, 16 total
  • 61845/Foosland: 1 active, 10 total
  • 61847/Gifford: 1 active, 8 total
  • 61849/Homer: 1 active, 6 total
  • 61859/Ogden: 1 active, 4 total
  • 61875/Seymour: 0 active, 6 total
  • 61864/Philo: 0 active, 11 total
  • 60949/Ludlow: 0 active, 6 total
  • 61840/Dewey: 0 active, 5 total
  • 61871/Royal: 0 active, 5 total
  • 61872/Sadorus: 0 active, 3 total
  • 61816/Broadlands: 0 active, 1 total
  • 61851/Ivesdale: 0 active, 1 total
  • 61862/Penfield: 0 active, 1 total

Sunday tests

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY: 924 cases in 11-to-20 age group

Here’s an updated breakdown of confirmed county cases by age group, according to CUPHD data:

  • 11 to 20: 924 cases; 27.9 percent of all tests in Champaign County
  • 21 to 30: 719 cases; 30.4 percent of tests
  • 31 to 40: 367 cases; 11.8 percent of tests
  • 41 to 50: 258 cases; 9.5 percent of tests
  • 51 to 60: 206 cases; 8.8 percent of tests
  • 10 and under: 131 cases; 1.9 percent of tests
  • 61 to 70: 107 cases; 5.6 percent of tests
  • 71 to 80: 51 cases; 2.3 percent of tests
  • 81 to 90: 32 cases; 1.2 percent of tests
  • 91 to 100: 11 cases; 0.4 percent of tests

Sunday UI cases

UI CAMPUS: 1,138 new cases since classes started on Aug. 24

Of 14,841 tests Thursday on campus, 88 new cases emerged, according to new data provided by the University of Illinois.

With Labor Day weekend totals yet to be added, the seven-day positivity rate on campus stood at 1.1 percent.

Since students began moving in on Aug. 16, there have been 1,420 new cases.

Since classes began on Aug. 24, there have been 1,138 new cases.

Sunday: UI positivity

Here’s a breakdown of new, unique cases by day, according to the UI’s COVID-19 dashboard:

  • Thursday, Sept. 3: 14,841 new tests, 88 new cases
  • Wednesday, Sept. 2: 7,089 new tests, 120 new cases
  • Tuesday, Sept. 1: 14,367 new tests, 199 new cases
  • Monday, Aug. 31: 17,227 new tests, 230 new cases
  • Sunday, Aug. 30: 3,640 new tests, 104 new cases
  • Saturday, Aug. 29: 2,895 new tests, 50 new cases
  • Friday, Aug. 28: 15,030 new tests, 65 new cases
  • Thursday, Aug. 27: 15,123 new tests, 60 new cases
  • Wednesday, Aug. 26: 6,812 new tests, 54 new cases
  • Tuesday, Aug. 25: 15,850 new tests, 89 new cases
  • Monday, Aug. 24: 17,656 new tests, 79 new cases
  • Sunday, Aug. 23: 4,474 new tests, 53 new cases
  • Saturday, Aug. 22: 3,326 new tests, 43 new cases
  • Friday, Aug. 21: 10,877 new tests, 54 new cases
  • Thursday, Aug. 20: 10,742 new tests, 52 new cases
  • Wednesday, Aug. 19: 6,300 new tests, 29 new cases
  • Tuesday, Aug. 18: 6,162 new tests, 20 new cases
  • Monday, Aug. 17: 9,064 new tests, 24 new cases
  • Sunday, Aug. 16: 2,453 new tests, 7 new cases
Sunday UI tests

Cerro Gordo HS

CERRO GORDO: High school to go all-remote after seven positive tests

From the Piatt County Journal-Republican's Steve Hoffman:

Students at Cerro Gordo High School are being moved to remote learning until at least Sept. 21 after seven people there tested positive for COVID-19 since Thursday.

Four of the cases were reported Thursday and Friday, with another three over the weekend.

In-person learning will continue at the elementary and junior high schools.

“We are committed to providing your child and our staff with a safe and healthy environment. In order to accomplish that, we need everyone’s help when you are out in public: Please wear masks indoors, social distance, and frequently wash or sanitize your hands,” the district posted on its website and social media on Sunday.

“Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID prevention policies and procedures as we work to help protect your children, your families, and our staff and their families."

The announcement also stated that the district will “continue our ongoing monitoring of students and staff for signs and symptoms of illness and evaluation of illness reports to promptly identify possible outbreaks. Our custodial staff will continue to deep clean and disinfect the areas impacted by potential exposure to the COVID-19 virus.”

The school district is coordinating its efforts with the DeWitt-Piatt Bi-County Health Department to identify individuals who have had recent contact with the COVID-19 positive individuals to prevent further spread of the virus within the school and community.

Sunday active

VERMILION COUNTY: 1 new case, 1 new hospitalization

A resident in their 30s was the 369th total and lone new case reported Sunday in Vermilion County.

Also, Vermilion County Health Department Administrator Doug Toole wrote in an email, “one of our positive cases has taken a turn for the worse, and is now hospitalized.”

Sunday cases

DOUGLAS COUNTY: 242 confirmed cases

For the second straight day, just one new test came back positive in Douglas County, local health officials reported Sunday.

Saturday’s involved a female in her 50s, Sunday’s a 19-year-old male.

In announcing its 242nd confirmed case on Facebook, the Douglas County Health Department reiterated a Labor Day weekend warning, writing residents to avoid “large, crowded public venues where the chances of incidental exposure to COVID-19 rise exponentially. While you may be following best practices, not everyone around you is.”

STATE: 46,496 tests, 1,403 cases, five deaths

Of 46,496 new tests statewide, 1,403 came back positive Sunday, a rate of 3.0 percent.

The state’s seven-day positivity rate now stands at 4.04 percent.

The Illinois Department of Public Health also reported five lives lost to COVID-19 on Monday:

  • Cook County: 1 female 60s, 1 female 70s
  • Jefferson County: 1 male 80s
  • Morgan County: 1 female 70s
  • Pike County: 1 male 80s

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