COVID-19 in Illinois: 1,402 New Cases, 14 Additional Deaths

People wearing face masks walk in Chicago’s Albany Park neighborhood on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, where a spate of recent shootings have added to concerns about public safety. (WTTW News)People wearing face masks walk in Chicago’s Albany Park neighborhood on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, where a spate of recent shootings have added to concerns about public safety. (WTTW News)

About 1,400 new cases of the coronavirus and 14 deaths were reported Sunday by state health officials, bringing statewide totals to 274,258 cases and 8,450 deaths since the first infection was reported in Illinois in late January.

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The Illinois Department of Public Health on Saturday reported 2,529 new cases and 25 deaths.

Twelve residents of Cook County, ranging in age from their 50s to their 90s, were among the deaths reported Saturday and Sunday.

More than 48,000 specimens were tested in a 24-hour period since Saturday, according to the IDPH, and over 74,000 specimens were tested in the previous 24 hours, pushing the state beyond 5 million tests.

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The rolling seven-day statewide positivity rate is 3.5%, according to IDPH, down from 3.7% a week ago. That figure is higher both in Cook County (5.8%) and Chicago (5.2%), according to the latest data available from the state.

Across the state, 24 counties are considered to be at a warning level for the virus, IDPH announced Friday, including Bureau, Jo Daviess and Rock Island in the northern part of the state.

A county reaches a warning level when it experiences an increase in at least two COVID-19 risk indicators from the state’s resurgence mitigation plan, according to IDPH.

Note: This story was originally published Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. It has been updated with figures reported Sunday by the Illinois Department of Public Health.


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