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Coles County sees 10 new COVID-19 cases

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CHARLESTON — Ten more Coles County residents have tested positive for COVID-19, it was announced Wednesday.

A news release from the Coles County Health Department said the most recent seven-day case average for the county is 3.8%. It said the average rate for the state region that includes Coles County is 2.8%.

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The county has also now reached the 25% mark for the portion of its population that’s been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to the release.

It also said the new cases of the disease caused by the coronavirus brought the county’s total since the start of the pandemic to 5,755.

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Of those, four county residents are currently hospitalized, 68 are recovering from the disease and 5,589 have recovered, the release said.

The last death of a county resident from COVID-19 was reported on March 29 and the county’s total number of deaths from the disease remains at 94.

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In Wednesday’s release, health department officials urged continued following of precautions including wearing face masks, social distancing and frequent hand washing.


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