CHICAGO — Coronavirus killed another 16 people across Illinois in the past day.
Two of the victims were in Cook County. In all, at least 7,672 people have died from COVID-19 in Illinois.
Another 1,645 cases of coronavirus were reported over the past day, as well. That brings the total number of confirmed cases in Illinois to 198,593.
The state’s positivity rate held at 4.1 percent.
As of Tuesday night, 1,525 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 in Illinois, including 357 people in the ICU and 129 people on ventilators.
In Chicago, the seven-day average positivity rate was at 5 percent, and the city was facing an average of 297 new cases and three deaths per day as of Wednesday.
In all, at least 2,812 people have died from coronavirus in Chicago, and there have been 64,357 confirmed cases.
The city’s numbers are higher than officials would like, but they show Chicago is not “surging” like other places, Dr. Allison Arwady, commissioner of the city’s Department of Public Health, said during a livestreamed Q&A.
And deaths from coronavirus have remained relatively flat in the city since July 16, Arwady said, which means Chicago is staying in a “good spot there.”
Arwady said the city’s biggest outbreaks are still coming from households rather than restaurants, workplaces and longterm care facilities. About one-third of the city’s new cases are from spread within households, she said.
That’s because people are going to work, going out to see friends and doing other activities outside their home, getting coronavirus and then bringing the virus back to members of their household, Arwady said.
“It’s been much less tied to individual locations and much more to the fact I think people have expanded their social circles” and aren’t taking as many precautions, Arwady said.
The doctor said Chicagoans should have a “bubble” of people they trust, but that bubble should largely be confined to their household and should include few, if any, outsiders.
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