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Illinois reports 1,759 new COVID-19 cases, 30 coronavirus-related deaths

Posted On: Aug 5, 2020   |   Posted By: WGN TV

Illinois reports 1,759 new COVID-19 cases, 30 coronavirus-related deaths

CHICAGO - Illinois health officials said 1,759 new cases of COVID-19 and 30 additional coronavirus-related deaths have been confirmed over the past day Wednesday.
According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, more than 46,000 tests were performed in the last 24 hours, the second-highest increase reported since the start of the pandemic. Officials have been ramping up testing as the virus is seeing a resurgence both in Illinois and across the country.
The statewide 7-day positivity rate from July 29-August 4 remains at 3.9 percent, near where it has been for the past week after rates began to climb in late June. To date, 186,471 cases of COVID-19 and 7,573 related deaths have been confirmed in Illinois.
The average number of cases measured over the past 14 days continues to rise since reaching its lowest point around late June. However, the 14-day average for coronavirus-related deaths is around 16 as of Wednesday, near the lowest point its reached since infection rates began to...

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