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Illinois hits new COVID-19 high: 4,342 confirmed cases

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SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) on Wednesday reported 4,342 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 69 additional deaths.

The previous high, 4,015 cases, was only last week.

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 355,217 cases, including 9,345 deaths, in 102 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years.  The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from October 14 – October 20 is 5.7%.  Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 66,791 specimens for a total of 6,950,105.  As of last night, 2,338 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19.  Of those, 502 patients were in the ICU and 194 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

On Tuesday, the state announced that Region 7 (Will and Kankakee counties) and Region 8 (Kane and DuPage counties) resurgent mitigations would go into effect Friday, Oct. 23.

“By the end of this week, four regions will all be operating under the standard resurgence mitigations – that includes no indoor dining or indoor bar service and limiting in-person gatherings to no more than 25 individuals,” said Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker. “As colder weather approaches and flu season is upon us, we’re going to see the rippling effects of these current unfortunate trends. The massive surge of cases in our neighboring states will continue to have a spillover effect. There is no easy fix for the effects of this virus on our economy and our public health. But we can and will manage through this. We’re Midwestern tough here in Illinois. We know how to deal with a crisis. And we know how to take care of each other.”

“We have seen regions move into mitigation measures, but also move back out,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike. “Working together we can bring down the number of new cases and hospitalizations. Increases are being seen not only across Illinois, but across the country, and in many other countries around the world.  Until there is a safe and effective vaccine and a significant proportion of the population has received it, we must all stay the course.  What you do in your community affects those around you, so please, do your part and help slow the spread.”

Region 5, covering the southern tip of Illinois, will be going into mitigations on Thursday, Oct. 22. Region 1, in the northwestern part of the state, has been under mitigation since Oct. 3. Four of the state’s 11 regions are now under mitigation.

A full list of mitigation measures pertaining to some businesses and industries may be found on the DCEO website here.

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