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Illinois hits highest ever one-day total of COVID-19 cases

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SPRINGFIELD — Illinois hit 4,015 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois on Thursday, a new one-day record.

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) also confirmed 53 deaths. IDPH is reporting a total of 331,620 cases, including 9,127 deaths, in all 102 counties in Illinois. 

The department said that Thursday was the first day they were reporting both molecular and antigen tests in the number of statewide total test performed in Illinois.  Previously, due to the limited number of antigen tests and limited information about antigen test accuracy, antigen tests were not included in the total number (which comprised less than 1% of total tests performed).  Antigen tests, like BinaxNOW™, are more readily available, according to a press release, sp IDPH will include both molecular and antigen tests in its total number of tests starting Oct. 15.

The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from October 9 – October 14 is 4.9%.  Region 10, including the counties of JoDaviess, Carroll, Boone, Whiteside, Ogle, Lee, DeKalb, Winnebago and Stephenson, was the only region with a positivity rate above the 8% that would trigger stricter shutdowns. The positivity rate there was at 10.3%.

Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 67,086 specimens for a total of 6,531,009.  As of last night, 1,932 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19.  COVID patients were in 388 of the state’s 3,803 ICU beds and using 147 of 5,758 ventilators. Statewide were 1,354 ICU beds and 4,427 ventilators available.

While there was a higher number of reported cases on Sept. 4 with 5,368 cases, that number was because the state cleared out a backlog of cases.

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