State has 1,562 new COVID-19 cases, 18 more deaths

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

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.

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