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MADISON COUNTY, Ill. ( -- Cases of the novel coronavirus remain on the rise at nursing homes around the country and the virus has infected 2,702 residents and staff and claimed 348 lives at nursing homes in Illinois counties in News 4's viewing area, for a case-fatality rate of 12.8%.

The 348 people who have died account for 90% of the total deaths in the 15 counties News 4 reaches while the cases account for 11% of total infections. 

As of Saturday, long-term care facilities in St. Clair County carry the most number of cases at 896 and the most deaths at 128. 

The novel coronavirus is especially dangerous for the elderly with weakened immune systems.

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Illinois' total cases reached 260,625 on Saturday and 8,299 people have died from the virus statewide. In News 4's viewing area, 16,323 people have been infected and 382 people have died. 

Here's a breakdown of COVID-19 cases and deaths by county in Illinois according to the Department of Public Health: 

St. Clair County has a total of 896 cases and 128 deaths. 

Madison County has a total of 835 cases and 109 deaths. 

Clinton County has a total of 265 cases and 18 deaths.

Monroe County has a total of 153 cases and 24 deaths. 

Fayette County has a total of 111 cases and 14 deaths. 

Jersey County has a total of 100 cases and 17 deaths.

Greene County has a total of 100 cases and 14 deaths.

Macoupin County has a total of 60 cases and 3 deaths. 

Clay County has a total of 55 cases and 11 deaths. 

Bond County has a total of 40 cases and 4 deaths. 

Randolph County has a total of 34 cases and no deaths.

Marion County has a total of 34 cases and 2 deaths.

Montgomery County has a total of 17 cases and 3 deaths. 

Washington County has a total of 2 cases and 1 death. 

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