State sees big­gest daily spike in coro­n­avirus cases in a month as Pritzker beefs up mo­bile test­ing sites


An­other 980 peo­ple have tested pos­i­tive for the coro­n­avirus in Illi­nois, health of­fi­cials said Wed­nes­day, mark­ing the largest num­ber of new cases re­ported dur­ing a 24-hour pe­riod in over a month.

The Illi­nois De­part­ment of Pub­lic Health also re­ported an­other 36 deaths at­trib­uted to COVID-19, rais­ing the state’s pan­demic death toll to 7,099.

The 980 new cases is the most in a sin­gle day since June 5, the last time the state’s daily caseload hit four dig­its: 1,156.

Dur­ing Illi­nois’ peak month of May, an av­er­age of about 2,172 peo­ple were test­ing pos­i­tive for COVID-19 each day. That rate fell to about 764 new cases per day in June, and, a week into July, so far has risen slightly to about 781 cases per day.

Coro­n­avirus test re­sults have also been re­ported at a greater clip so far this month, though. The lat­est batch of cases were de­tected among 32,742 tests, the fourth-high­est to­tal ever re­ceived by the state. The state has topped 30,000 daily tests nine times; it’s hap­pened five of the first eight days in July.

A to­tal of 149,432 peo­ple have tested pos­i­tive for the virus over the last four months, with cases con­firmed in ev­ery Illi­nois county and more than 1.8 mil­lion tests ad­min­is­tered over­all. The state’s test­ing pos­i­tiv­ity rate over the last week is 2.6%.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker is hop­ing to bol­ster those test­ing num­bers with an ex­pan­sion of mo­bile sites to 12 through­out the state.

Stand­ing out­side Coles El­e­men­tary School on the South Side, Pritzker an­nounced the sites will of­fer free drive-thru and walk-up test­ing to res­i­dents in com­mu­ni­ties that have been rav­aged by the virus. The mo­bile teams will also visit home­less shel­ters and nurs­ing homes.

In ad­di­tion to the South Side site, the mo­bile sites are in Brighton Park on the South­west Side, west sub­ur­ban Cicero and Spring­field, Rock Is­land and East St. Louis down­state.

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