Illi­nois’ new cases dip as state re­ports 6 more deaths

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

Illi­nois health of­fi­cials an­nounced 883 new COVID-19 cases on Mon­day and six ad­di­tional deaths.

It’s the third day this month with a daily fa­tal­ity count that ri­vals the sin­gle-digit tal­lies not pre­vi­ously seen since late March.

The new fig­ures also marked an­other day with fewer than 1,000 new coro­n­avirus cases, af­ter a three-day stretch last week with some of the high­est case num­bers in weeks.

The seven-day pos­i­tiv­ity rate re­mained at 3%, com­pared with 2.6% one week ago.

The six ad­di­tional deaths bring July’s daily av­er­age to about 21 deaths a day, down sharply from May, when an av­er­age of about 100 peo­ple were dy­ing each day, or June, when the rate dropped to about 52 COVID-19 deaths per day.

The av­er­age num­ber of new cases in July is about 893 a day, down from the peak of 2,172 cases on av­er­age in May. The num­bers of new in­fec­tions topped 1,000 on Thurs­day, Fri­day and Satur­day, with the 1,317 re­ported on Fri­day the high­est daily caseload since June 2.

The most re­cent con­firmed cases were de­ter­mined out of the 30,012 tests con­ducted over the last 24 hours.

There were 1,362 peo­ple be­ing treated for COVID-19 in Illi­nois hos­pi­tals since Sun­day night, health of­fi­cials said. Of those in hos­pi­tals, 334 pa­tients were in ICU and 136 were on ven­ti­la­tors.

Since the coro­n­avirus out­break, the state has doc­u­mented 154,799 cases en­com­pass­ing all 102 of the state’s coun­ties and 7,193 deaths.

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