37 deaths are state’s high­est daily COVID toll in 7 weeks

Chicago Sun-Times - - TOP NEWS - BY MITCHELL ARMENTROUT, STAFF REPORTER mar­men­trout@sun­times.com @mitchtrout

COVID-19 has killed 37 more Illi­noisans, pub­lic health of­fi­cials an­nounced Wed­nes­day, mark­ing the state’s high­est num­ber of deaths at­trib­uted to the virus in a sin­gle day in seven weeks.

The Illi­nois De­part­ment of Pub­lic Health also said 2,157 more coro­n­avirus cases have been con­firmed, the sev­enth time the state has crossed the 2,000-case thresh­old so far this month.

Cases have trended up­ward in Illi­nois since early July, and ex­perts have warned that a spike in deaths would fol­low.

Wed­nes­day’s toll marked only the fifth time the state has tal­lied 30 or more deaths since July 7, when 37 lives were also lost.

The lat­est vic­tims in­cluded a Cook County youth in her teens, of­fi­cials said.

Illi­nois is now av­er­ag­ing about 20 deaths per day over the last two weeks, com­pared with about 16 per day over the pre­vi­ous two weeks.

The virus has more typ­i­cally preyed on the el­derly. Most of those in­fected show mild or no symp­toms. The statewide re­cov­ery rate is 95%.

The new cases were di­ag­nosed among the lat­est batch of 50,362 tests sub­mit­ted, low­er­ing the statewide test­ing pos­i­tiv­ity rate over the last week to 4%.

New state-im­posed re­stric­tions in­clud­ing a ban on in­door din­ing went into ef­fect Wed­nes­day in Will and Kanka­kee coun­ties, where the av­er­age re­gional pos­i­tiv­ity rate is at 8.3%.

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