1,467 new COVID-19 cases, 14 more deaths in Illi­nois

Chicago Sun-Times - - TOP NEWS - BY MADE­LINE KEN­NEY, STAFF RE­PORTER mken­ney@sun­times.com | @MadKen­ney

Illi­nois on Sun­day notched its 12th straight day with a four-digit daily coron­avirus caseload as health of­fi­cials an­nounced 1,467 new COVID-19 cases.

The new in­fec­tions, which bring the state’s to­tal to 181,943 cases, ac­count for roughly 3.8% of the 38,945 test re­sults re­ported to the Illi­nois Depart­ment of Public Health in the last 24 hours, keep­ing the state’s test­ing pos­i­tiv­ity rate over the last week at 3.9%.

Illi­nois av­er­aged 1,503 new cases a day over the last week. The last time the state av­er­aged that many cases over a seven-day span was the last week in the peak month of May.

For weeks, Gov. J.B. Pritzker has been wor­ry­ing about what he has called a “mild uptick” in COVID-19 cases that could be a sign the state is “head­ing the wrong di­rec­tion.”

Pritzker sounded the alarm Thurs­day, say­ing Illi­nois was at a “dan­ger point” as cases con­tinue to trend up­ward. And one day later, health of­fi­cials put 11 of the state’s 102 coun­ties on no­tice for be­ing at a “warn­ing level” af­ter a se­ries of out­breaks — mostly among young peo­ple — tied to risky ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing large gath­er­ings and crowded bars, churches and res­tau­rants where so­cial dis­tanc­ing guide­lines weren’t en­forced.

While cases con­tinue to climb, coron­avirus-re­lated deaths have re­mained rel­a­tively low in Illi­nois over the last month. Of­fi­cials an­nounced another 14 deaths were at­trib­uted to the virus, in­clud­ing six re­ported in Cook County, in­creas­ing Illi­nois’ pan­demic toll to 7,517.

That num­ber is slightly be­low the daily death count av­er­age of 17 over the last 30 days.

As of Satur­day night, 1,407 coron­avirus pa­tients were hos­pi­tal­ized in Illi­nois, with 339 of those pa­tients in in­ten­sive care units and 126 on ven­ti­la­tors, of­fi­cials said.

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