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Coles County announces three new COVID-19 cases
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Coles County announces three new COVID-19 cases

CHARLESTON — The Coles County Health Department announced on Friday that three additional county residents have tested positive for COVID-19.

A news release from the department said the new positive tests bring the county's total of people who have contracted the disease caused by the coronavirus to 99.

Of those, seven are deceased, eight are hospitalized, 30 have recovered and 54 are recovering, the release said.

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The release also indicated there had been an increase in cases connected to a Charleston nursing home, Charleston Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.

Thursday's announcement said 55 of the county's cases were connected to the nursing home, an increase from the 53 cases the department announced on Thursday.

Some of those are residents of the nursing home and some are employees, and not all the facility's employees live in Coles County, the news release said.

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Dave Fopay is a reporter for the JG-TC who covers Coles County, the local court system, Charleston schools and more.

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