CHICAGO — Coronavirus was reported to have killed 20 people during the past day in Illinois.
Among the victims were six people in Cook County. Illinois has seen at least 7,997 people die from the virus.
Another 2,149 cases of COVID-19 were reported, as well, bringing the state’s total to 229,483. Illinois’ positivity rate was at 4.1 percent.
As of Thursday night, 1,546 people were hospitalized with coronavirus in Illinois, including 352 people in the ICU and 132 people on ventilators.
Throughout Illinois, 30 counties — including Cook — were at “warning level” for coronavirus, the state said Friday. The designation is given to counties that see a prolonged increase in things like deaths from coronavirus, positivity rates and hospitalizations.
In Chicago, an average of 356 new cases per day are being reported — a sharp increase from the week prior, when there was an average of 317 new cases per day. The city’s positivity rate was at 5.3 percent Friday.
An average of three people per day are dying from the virus in the city.
Coronavirus has killed at least 2,863 people in Chicago and there have been 69,793 confirmed cases.
While the city still isn’t seeing as many new cases and deaths as it did during the peak of the pandemic in May, the numbers are trending in the wrong direction, Dr. Allison Arwady, head of the Chicago Department of Public Health, said during a Thursday livestream.
“We are not making the right kind of progress here,” Arwady said. Later, she said, “We’ve got a new curve to bend.”
The virus continues to spread mainly through “social and household gatherings,” Arwady said said. There’s been “real spread” among people who are indoors and don’t wear masks or keep 6 feet of social distance, she said.
Previously, Arwady and other officials have said gatherings among family and friends have been problematic, as people let down their guard and don’t take proper safety precautions. Officials have asked people to not gather unless it’s necessary.
People who are more at risk from COVID, or who have a household member who’s more at risk, should think twice before doing any activity that could be riskier, like seeing people indoors or gathering in a group, Arwady said.
And people need to stay home and isolate if they’re sick — or even if they’re asymptomatic but were possibly exposed to COVID-19, Arwady said.
The virus can spread even if someone is asymptomatic, and the Chicago Department of Public Health recommends people get tested for coronavirus if they’ve been exposed, even if they’re not showing symptoms, Arwady said. People who test negative should still quarantine for 14 days if they think they were exposed.
“COVID doesn’t care how much you love this person, how much you wanna do this activity …,” Arwady said. “It’s only looking for opportunities to spread.”
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