As the number of deaths linked to COVID-19 surpasses 130,000 across the U.S. and 535,000 worldwide, Illinois officials on Monday reported fewer than 10 deaths for the second consecutive day.
The Illinois Department of Public Health reported six deaths between Sunday and Monday and an additional 614 new coronavirus cases, bringing state totals to 7,026 deaths and 147,865 cases.
The IDPH reported six deaths on Sunday and 10 on Saturday.
Until recently, dozens of new deaths were reported daily by public health officials, with nearly 200 reported in mid-May during the height of the pandemic.
According to IDPH data, the last time the number of coronavirus-related deaths in a single day dropped below six was late March, shortly after Gov. J.B. Pritzker imposed a stay-at-home order on March 21 and after the first Illinois coronavirus death was reported on March 17.
Data shows four deaths were reported on March 24 and three on March 25. Cases continued to increase by single digits for a few days before the count rose by the dozens each day, according to the data.
Of the six deaths reported Monday, three occurred in Cook County — two men in their 60s and a woman in her 80s. Champaign County reported two deaths: a woman in her 70s and a man in his 80s; and DeKalb County reported the death of a woman in her 90s.
Coronavirus Prevention Tips and Resources
Officials advise taking preventive measures to slow the spread of the virus, including:
—Washing your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water
—Using hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
—Sneezing or coughing into a tissue and then disposing of the tissue
—Limiting contact with people regardless of how you feel
—Staying home when you are sick
Symptoms of COVID-19 include, but are not limited to:
—New onset of fever, cough, shortness of breath
—Congestion in the nasal sinuses or lungs
—Sore throat, body aches or unusual fatigue
If you think you have COVID-19:
Call your doctor before showing up at their office. If you have a medical emergency and need to call 911, tell the operator that you think you have COVID-19. If possible, wear a mask before medical help arrives or presenting at a doctor’s office. More advice for those who think they have COVID-19.
—Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
—Illinois’ COVID-19 website
—Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) website
—IDPH COVID-19 hotline: 800-889-3931
—IDPH COVID-19 email link
—City of Chicago COVID-19 website
—City of Chicago COVID-19 hotline: 312-746-4835
—City of Chicago COVID-19 email link