State has 1,562 new COVID-19 cases, 18 more deaths
Illinois continued its nearly monthlong trend of four-digit caseloads Sunday as state health officials announced another 1,562 people have tested positive for the coronavirus.
Illinois is averaging roughly 1,702 new cases each day this month. That’s about 550 new infections per day compared with July, when an average of 1,150 new cases were being confirmed daily.
This increase has been a cause of concern for Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike, who have repeatedly said they’re worried the state is heading in the wrong direction. Since reshuffling his reopen plan in July, Pritzker has warned people that if a region surpasses certain thresholds for metrics, then officials will choose to tighten restrictions.
The first region to experience a rollback is the Metro East region, which has surpassed an 8% positivity rate for three consecutive days.
Health officials on Sunday also announced 18 more Illinois residents have died of the virus, raising the statewide death toll to 7,744.