Health officials say Illinois is beginning to see an expected spike in COVID-19 infections, with 17 counties — five of them in west-central Illinois — reporting spikes in levels over the past week.
Pike County has returned to high community transmission levels, a designation it shrugged off last month after weeks of being an outlier among declining Jacksonville-area counties. Although Pike County’s weekly rate per 100,000 cases fell 31.25% to 141.38, hospitalizations for coronavirus treatment rose 48.1% in seven days, according to data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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