COVID-19's disproportionate impact on Black and Brown Chicagoans highlighted existing health disparities in our segregated city. Credit: Northwestern Memorial Hospital/Provided

CHICAGO — New confirmed coronavirus cases in Illinois surpassed the 2,000 mark for the first time in a week Friday as officials announced 2,264 new cases and 25 additional deaths.

Health officials have warned of the potential for a rise in cases because of people not adhering to the state’s mask and social distancing rules. Friday’s numbers led to a slight increase in the state’s 7-day positivity rate, which now stands at 4.1 percent.

There have now been 7,721 people who have died from COVID-19 and 202,691 confirmed cases.

As of Thursday night, 1,612 people in Illinois were hospitalized with COVID-19. Of those, 345 patients were in intensive care units and 126 patients were on ventilators.

Illinois had seen six consecutive days under 2,000 cases, a hopeful sign of avoiding a return to the levels seen in late April and early May, when cases went over the 3,000-per-day mark several times and once surged over 4,000.

Chicago is seeing an average of 307 new cases per day as of Friday. The city’s positivity declined slightly to 5 percent.

In all, Chicago has had 65,002 confirmed cases and 2,817 deaths from COVID-19. Five of the deaths came in the past day.

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