Illi­nois re­ports 1,000 new COVID-19 cases on big­gest test­ing day ever in the state

Chicago Sun-Times - - TOP NEWS - BY MITCHELL AR­MEN­TROUT, STAFF RE­PORTER mar­men­trout@sun­times.com | @mitchtrout

Illi­nois was hit with its worst day for new coronaviru­s cases in more than a month Thurs­day as health of­fi­cials an­nounced an ad­di­tional 1,018 peo­ple have tested pos­i­tive, send­ing the state’s over­all case tally to more than 150,000.

The Illi­nois Depart­ment of Pub­lic Health also said an­other 20 deaths have been at­trib­uted to COVID-19, rais­ing the state’s pan­demic death toll to 7,119.

While that in­crease in deaths is close to the state’s daily av­er­age so far in July, Illi­nois had not tal­lied 1,000 cases or more in a day since June 5.

And since a nearly three-month-low case count of 462 on June 22, daily caseloads have inched up­ward — but so have the state’s test­ing num­bers.

The lat­est cases were con­firmed among 36,180 test re­sults, the state’s largest batch re­ceived in any given day, good for a pos­i­tiv­ity rate of about 2.8%. That’s above the state’s rolling pos­i­tiv­ity rate of 2.6% in the last week, but Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s of­fice said it’s not cause for alarm.

“We’re watch­ing the data closely ev­ery day, but our uptick in cases closely cor­re­lates with in­creased test­ing that’s been ac­com­plished over the last cou­ple of weeks,” Pritzker press sec­re­tary Jor­dan Abu­dayyeh said.

Dur­ing Illi­nois peak month of May, an av­er­age of about 2,172 cases were be­ing con­firmed each day as about 20,270 daily tests were ad­min­is­tered.

The daily case rate fell to about 764 in June, with an av­er­age of 23,490 tests per day.

So far this month, about 807 peo­ple have tested pos­i­tive each day, from a whop­ping av­er­age of 30,643 tests per day.

A to­tal of 150,450 peo­ple have con­tracted the virus among al­most 1.9 mil­lion peo­ple tested in Illi­nois in the last four months.

The state en­tered its fourth phase of re­open­ing June 26, two weeks ago. That’s about how long of­fi­cials have said it would take to see any po­ten­tial im­pact of loos­ened reg­u­la­tions on Illi­nois’ pan­demic curve.

As of Wed­nes­day night, 1,507 pa­tients were hos­pi­tal­ized with COVID-19, in­clud­ing 317 in in­ten­sive care units and 153 on ven­ti­la­tors.

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