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Illinois tops 10,000 new COVID cases for first time

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SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Friday reported 10,376 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 49 additional deaths.

Following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance, beginning November 6, 2020 and going forward, IDPH will report confirmed cases and probable cases combined.  A confirmed case is laboratory confirmed via molecular test.  A probable case meets clinical criteria AND is epidemiologically linked, or has a positive antigen test.  If a probable case is later confirmed, the case will be deduplicated and will only be counted once.  Probable deaths and confirmed deaths will continue to be reported separately. 

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 465,540 cases, including 10,079 deaths, in 102 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years.  Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 98,401 specimens for a total 8,215,129.  As of last night, 4,090 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19.  Of those, 786 patients were in the ICU and 339 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators. 

The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from October 30 – November 5 is 9.6%.  This is the number that IDPH has been consistently reporting in its daily releases and is calculated using total cases over total tests.  The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from October 30, 2020 – November 5, 2020 is 11.1%.

Case positivity and test positivity rate are both relevant and offer insight into the bigger COVID-19 picture.  Case positivity helps us understand whether changes in the number of confirmed cases is due to more testing or due to more infections.  Whereas, test positivity accounts for repeated testing and helps us understand how the virus is spreading in the population over time.

Seventy-five counties, plus the city of Chicago, are currently reported at a warning level – Adams, Alexander, Bond, Boone, Bureau, Calhoun, Carroll, Chicago, Christian, Clay, Clinton, Coles, Cook, Crawford, Cumberland, DeKalb, Douglas, DuPage, Effingham, Franklin, Fulton, Gallatin, Greene, Grundy, Hamilton, Hancock, Iroquois, Jackson, Jasper, Jersey, Jo Daviess, Johnson, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Knox, Lake, LaSalle, Lee, Livingston, Logan, Macon, Madison, Marion, Mason, Massac, McHenry, Mercer, Monroe, Morgan, Moultrie, Ogle, Peoria, Perry, Pike, Pulaski, Putnam, Randolph, Rock Island, Saline, Sangamon, Scott, Shelby, St. Clair, Stephenson, Tazewell, Vermilion, Wabash, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Whiteside, Will, Williamson, Winnebago, and Woodford.

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