SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Department of Public Health on Thursday reported 2,257 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 30 confirmed deaths.
The numbers reveal that as of late Wednesday, 1,713 people in Illinois were reported to be hospitalized with COVID-19. Of those, 400 patients were being treated in intensive care units, with 155 patients on ventilators.
More than 8,500 people in Illinois have died of COVID-19 since the pandemic’s outbreak earlier this year. Thursday’s confirmed cases were the result 62,071 tests over the past 24 hours, putting the state’s seven-day positivity rate at 3.5%.
Illinois health officials have reported more than 281,000 positive cases out of nearly 5.3 million coronavirus tests administered.
Governor J.B. Pritzker has said Illinois’ testing capacity has led to lower positivity rates than all of its neighbors.
However, Pritzker on Wednesday warned Region 1 in northern Illinois, which includes the Rockford and Dixon areas, has seen positivity rates rise to 7.5 %, near the 8% threshold that would bring additional mitigations.
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