MOUNT CARMEL — One thing’s become a certainty in evaluating Illinois’ daily COVID-19 results — expect a rollercoaster.

The data recently released by Illinois Department of Public Health has shown signs of a flattening this week, with a dipping postivity rate and a new case rate that’s showing signs of dropping.

Sunday, Monday and Wednesday the state posted totals under the 2,000 mark, including 1,266 cases on Monday, the lowest single-day total since April 20.

It’s important to note these statistics aren’t coming with reduced testing. Testing continues to surge and positivity rate’s are continuously dropping off — a good sign for things to come as the state nears advancement into Phase three of Governor J.B. Pritzker’s “Restore Illinois” plan.

In fact, Wednesday’s total brought perhaps the lowest positivity rate to date, a lowly 9.5% rate of the 17,668 Illinoisans tested. The state did however see an astonishing growth in deaths, with a record-high 192 residents succumbing to the virus in the 24-hour span.

It also set a couple new records, a record 29,266 Illinoisans receive tests on Tuesday, and 4,014 new cases on Tuesday — the first time that state’s eclipsed the 4,000 mark. As jaw dropping as that total was, it still equates to 13.7% positivity rate, lower than the state’s average to date.

Unfortunately the surging case total was enough to allow Illinois to supplant Massachussets as the third-worst hit state by the virus.

Local concerns remain in Jefferson County, with has recorded 16 deaths of its 97 confirmed cases, seven deaths of 45 confirmed patients in Jasper County, as well as a rising total in Wayne County, which saw its total rise to 10 confirmed patients this week.

Wabash County and other bordering counties have remained stagnant this week however, with Wabash notably remaining with one case, one in which the patient has reportedly made a full recovery.

On the Indiana side of the river, counties begin to ease restrictions, returning spots such as hair salons, restaurants and more this week. It’ll be interesting to monitor if there’s a surge correlated with the reopening.

Gibson County remains with eight cases, while Vanderburgh County now has 195 cases and two deaths.

If you’re experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and believe you need a test, don’t hesitate in calling Wabash General Hospital’s COVID-19 Hotline Number at 618-263-6233 to receive a provider order to be tested. The number is staffed 24/7 and is available around the clock to assist.

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