1,992 new virus cases, 11 more deaths as state tests top 4 mil.

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

Illi­nois reached an­other mile­stone Sun­day, sur­pass­ing 4 mil­lion coro­n­avirus tests as COVID-19 cases con­tinue to rise as part of a month­long trend.

State health of­fi­cials on Sun­day an­nounced 1,992 new coro­n­avirus cases and 11 ad­di­tional deaths.

Sun­day marked the 40th con­sec­u­tive day Illi­nois has recorded a four-digit daily caseload. This month, the state has recorded 2,000 or more cases in a day eight times.

Illi­nois is av­er­ag­ing about 1,817 new in­fec­tions each day this month, up sharply from July’s daily aver­age of 1,150.

The new­est in­fec­tions an­nounced Sun­day, which bring the state’s to­tal to 233,355 cases over seven months, were de­tected among the 43,693 tests pro­cessed in the last day, keep­ing the state’s seven-day pos­i­tiv­ity rate at 4.2%.

In Fe­bru­ary, Illi­nois be­came the first state to run its own COVID-19 tests. Since then, it has pro­cessed 4,016,782 tests.

Sun­day’s fa­tal­i­ties — eight of which were recorded in Cook County and in­cluded a Cook County woman in her 30s — bring the state’s death toll to 8,019.

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