Chicago Sun-Times - - TOP NEWS - —Mitchell Ar­men­trout

Illi­nois’ coro­n­avirus test­ing pos­i­tiv­ity rate crept up­ward once more with the lat­est batch of 955 con­firmed cases statewide, of­fi­cials said Tues­day.

The new cases were de­tected among 29,745 test re­sults, rais­ing the state’s rolling pos­i­tiv­ity rate over the last week to 3.1%, ac­cord­ing to the Illi­nois De­part­ment of Pub­lic Health.

Since that num­ber fell to 2.5% two weeks ago, Gov. J.B. Pritzker has warned of a steady uptick in cases that could even­tu­ally force some re­gions of the state to scale back re­open­ing.

Health of­fi­cials said “in­creased mit­i­ga­tion and in­fec­tion con­trol mea­sures” are be­ing taken against an out­break at a St. Charles ju­ve­nile jus­tice fa­cil­ity, where 16 staffers and three young peo­ple have tested pos­i­tive.

Another 32 cases were con­firmed this week at the Ch­ester Men­tal Health Cen­ter in down­state Ran­dolph County. That’s in the Metro East re­gion of Pritzker’s re­di­vided re­open­ing plan — a re­gion where the gov­er­nor’s pub­lic health de­part­ment could soon rein­tro­duce more re­stric­tions if its num­bers keep trend­ing in the wrong di­rec­tion.

The Metro East re­gion has al­ready seen a full week of in­creas­ing test­ing pos­i­tiv­ity rates, up to 7.1%. Un­der Pritzker’s re­vised plan, the state will step in if the re­gion also sees in­creased hospi­tal ad­mis­sions or a de­crease in avail­able hospi­tal beds — or if that pos­i­tiv­ity num­ber jumps to 8% or more for three straight days.

“To a large de­gree, this is about per­sonal re­spon­si­bil­ity,” Pritzker said at a news con­fer­ence in Collinsvil­le, part of that same down­state re­gion. “No­body can be fol­low­ing you all day long and telling you to put on a mask. When you go into a pub­lic place, ev­ery­body needs to know that that’s what they need to do.”

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