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More Than 200,000 Coronavirus Cases Have Now Been Reported In Illinois

The state passed the grim milestone Thursday, when another 1,834 cases and 24 deaths were reported across Illinois.

Bonnie Smedley assembles packets of masks at the mask giveaway by the Dr. Willie Wilson Foundation at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church in Garfield Park on Saturday, May 9, 2020 in Chicago. | Colin Boyle/Block Club Chicago
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CHICAGO — More than 200,000 cases of coronavirus have been reported in Illinois, a milestone the state reached Thursday.

The past day saw another 1,834 cases of coronavirus reported, bringing Illinois’ total up 200,427 cases. There have likely been many more unreported cases.

The state’s positivity rate fell slightly to 4 percent.

The past day also saw another 24 people die from coronavirus across Illinois, including nine in Cook County. There have been at least 7,696 COVID-19 deaths across the state.

As of Wednesday night, 1,628 people were hospitalized with coronavirus in Illinois, including 383 people in the ICU and 127 people on ventilators.

Chicago is seeing an average of 299 new cases and three deaths per day as of Thursday. The city’s positivity rate rose slightly to 5.1 percent.

In all, Chicago has had 64,612 confirmed cases and 2,812 deaths from COVID-19.

Dr. Allison Arwady, head of the Chicago Department of Public Health, said the city’s numbers are largely “holding stable,” though she’d rather they head down.

“Of some concern is that the rest of Illinois has actually continued to uptrend even while we’ve been relatively stable here,” Arwady said during a livestream Thursday.

Arwady and other officials have urged people to wear masks, wash their hands and practice social distancing to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

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