MOUNT CARMEL — Two more Wabash County residents tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the county’s total to 25.

The Wabash County Health Department released the news of the latest cases on Tuesday, bringing the county’s positivity rate to 2.3%.

Wabash County’s case total remains rather lower in contrast to surrounding counties, including Gibson County, just across the Wabash River, which stands at 159 cases, 47 of which remain active.

Illinois experienced on of its highest recent single-day surges on Wednesday, with 1,598 new cases.

The 1,598 new cases came via 39,633 tests, equating to a 4% positivity rate — slightly higher than it has been lately, but again, nothing immense.

Thursday’s total offered similar numbers as well, with 1,624 new cases of the virus on 39,706 tests — a 4.1 positivity rate. While it’s a concerning trend to monitor, it remains a far cry from Illinois’ crisis in April and May.

Illinois’ battle with COVID-19 has come with 166,925 confirmed cases of the virus, along with 7,367 COVID-19 related deaths to date, with nearly 2.4 million tests having been performed. The recovery rate sits at 95%.

Local numbers should continued to be monitored as students return to the classroom in the fall. Hopefully there won’t be any spike as a result, and residents can ease back into life with a vaccine sitting on the horizon.

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