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Record-high Illinois COVID-19 caseload, hospitalizations and positive test rate rising: ‘We are in a new wave
The state’s average testing positivity rate, which indicates how rapidly the virus is spreading, has jumped up to 5.1% from 4.9% a day earlier — and it’s almost two full percentage points higher than it was less than two weeks ago.

Friday, October 16, 2020
Chicago Sun-Times
by Mitchell Armentrout

Illinois suffered a second straight record-shattering day with 4,554 new coronavirus cases reported Friday, a third of the state has reached a COVID-19 “warning level,” and testing positivity rates are darting up across the board.

“I am deeply concerned. Let me be clear: We are in a new wave here,” Gov. J.B. Pritzker said. “Anybody that hasn’t noticed this, turn on the television. We’re in a new wave of COVID-19 — rising cases, rising positivity, all across the nation.”

Indiana and Wisconsin have joined Illinois in logging their highest new case counts of the entire pandemic on successive days, as the Midwest has become a focal point of the United States’ latest coronavirus flareup.

This state’s latest gargantuan caseload was reported among a record-high 87,759 tests submitted to the Illinois Department of Public Health — but it was still enough to raise the state’s seven-day average testing positivity rate over the 5% mark for the first time since early June, when the state was easing down from its initial peak of the COVID-19 crisis.

 

 

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New cases of coronavirus per day and the rolling 7-day average of new cases

Note: On Sept. 4, IDPH released what it described as a backlog of testing data, resulting in an unusually high number of positive cases that day. The Sun-Times is not including this date in our rolling average.

 

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