For 2nd straight day, state re­ports 6 COVID-19 deaths

Chicago Sun-Times - - TOP NEWS - BY MITCH DUDEK, STAFF RE­PORTER mdudek@sun­ | @mitch­dudek

Illinois health of­fi­cials Mon­day an­nounced six ad­di­tional coro­n­avirus deaths and 614 new cases.

It was the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive day in which the state an­nounced six deaths — the low­est one-day to­tal since March 25.

The num­bers through the first days of July mir­ror the very be­gin­ning of the pan­demic that has so far cost Illinois 7,026 lives. The state’s first COVID-19 death oc­curred March 16.

The an­nounce­ment of 614 new cases Mon­day brings the to­tal num­ber of con­firmed cases in Illinois to 147,865. The vast ma­jor­ity of COVID-19 pa­tients have re­cov­ered.

The state’s pos­i­tiv­ity rate over the past week is about 2.6%.

Neigh­bor­ing Wis­con­sin and Indiana have seen case num­bers and pos­i­tiv­ity rates tick up slightly over the past week.

But Illinois con­tin­ues to see en­cour­ag­ing re­sults in terms of re­duc­ing the spread and im­pact of the virus within its bor­ders.

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