CHICAGO — Twenty-five more people died from coronavirus during the past day in Illinois.
Among the victims were seven people in Cook County. At least 8,115 people have died across Illinois from coronavirus.
Another 1,360 cases were reported, as well, bringing the state’s total confirmed cases up to 240,003. Illinois’ positivity rate was at 4.4 percent.
As of Wednesday night, 1,620 people were hospitalized with coronavirus, including 360 people in the ICU and 144 people using ventilators.
In Chicago, an average of 328 cases are being reported and two people are dying per day. The city’s positivity rate is at 5.3 percent.
At least 2,883 people have died from COVID-19 in Chicago and there have been 71,704 confirmed cases.
Gatherings among family and friends have played a major role in the virus’s spread recently.
Just recently, at least 19 young people tested positive for coronavirus after a pool party in Chicago.
Officials warned Wednesday people should take safety precautions if they’re planning to gather in any way for Labor Day weekend. Even if you’re with family and friends you trust, you should wear a mask, especially if you’re indoors; wash your hands frequently; and keep 6 feet apart, they advised.
“… The reality is you don’t know where everybody who’s there has been,” Gov. JB Pritzker said at a Wednesday press conference. “And unless you maintain social distance and are mindful about wearing masks, the reality is there can be, and has been, significant” amount of community spread.
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