State sees most new cases in more than five weeks

25 ad­di­tional deaths; pos­i­tiv­ity rate in­creases

Chicago Sun-Times - - TOP NEWS - nissa@sun­ | @NaderDIssa BY NADER ISSA, STAFF RE­PORTER

Illi­nois re­ported 1,317 new coro­n­avirus cases on Fri­day, the high­est daily to­tal in more than five weeks and the first two-day stretch with tal­lies ex­ceed­ing 1,000 since May.

An­other 25 peo­ple have died of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, ac­cord­ing to new fig­ures re­leased by the Illi­nois De­part­ment of Pub­lic Health, rais­ing the state’s pan­demic death toll to 7,144.

The lat­est cases ac­count for 4% of the 32,987 tests done in the past day, leav­ing the state with its high­est sin­gle-day pos­i­tiv­ity rate since early June. The num­ber of new cases pushed the state’s to­tal case count to 151,767. It’s the high­est daily tally since June 2, which saw 1,614.

Daily caseloads have slowly inched up­ward since a nearly three-month low of 462 on June 22. Pub­lic health of­fi­cials have at­trib­uted some of that rise in cases to a par­al­lel in­crease in test­ing.

But the uptick this week has also prompted the seven-day statewide pos­i­tiv­ity for cases as a per­cent of to­tal tests to slightly creep up, from 2.6% on Mon­day to 2.9% on Fri­day.

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. So far this month, about 10,000 more tests per day have yielded an av­er­age of 858 new daily cases.

The 25 ad­di­tional deaths re­ported Fri­day main­tains the state’s gen­er­ally de­clin­ing COVID-19 fatal­ity rate. On av­er­age, about 22 daily deaths have been re­ported over the first 10 days of July.

That’s down sharply from May, the state’s most deadly month for the coro­n­avirus, when an av­er­age of about 100 peo­ple were dy­ing each day. That rate fell to about 52 COVID-19 deaths per day in June.

As of Thurs­day night, 1,436 peo­ple in Illi­nois were re­ported to be in the hospi­tal with COVID-19, ac­cord­ing to the state health de­part­ment. Of those, 306 pa­tients were in the ICU and 155 pa­tients with COVID-19 were on ven­ti­la­tors.

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