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Illinois Reports 1,952 New Coronavirus Cases And 28 More Deaths

Officials said 3.8 percent of all tests came back positive over the past seven days, a slight uptick from the 3.7 percent reported a day earlier.

Governor J.B. Pritzker speaks as he and Lt. Governor Juliana Stratton join faith leaders for a memorial service to honor those who have lost their lives to COVID-19 at the Rockefeller Memorial Chapel in Hyde Park on Thursday, September 3, 2020. | Colin Boyle/Block Club Chicago
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CHICAGO — Illinois reported another 1,953 cases of coronavirus and 28 deaths in the past day as the state’s overall rate of positive COVID-19 tests slightly increased.

Officials said Thursday 3.8 percent of all tests came back positive over the past seven days, a slight uptick from the 3.7 percent reported a day earlier.

There have been 8,242 people who died from coronavirus in Illinois. The state has seen 255,643 confirmed infections.

As of Wednesday night, 1,609 people were hospitalized with coronavirus in Illinois, including 346 people in intensive care units and 141 on ventilators.

Gov. JB Pritzker warned Illinois’ continued, slow rises in cases and death is not good — and could lead to a sharp spike in cases.

“When the numbers start to go up … well, it was only a small amount for an extended period of time that ultimately led Texas and Arizona and Florida to be in the terrible situations they were just a month ago and before,” the governor said at a Thursday press conference. “We don’t want to get there.”

But over the last week, only three of Illinois’ 11 regions have seen a “statistically significant increase” in their positivity rates, a sign of progress, Pritzker said. The week before, almost every region had seen increases.

Pritzker and Dr. Ngozi Ezike, head of the Illinois Department of Public Health, again urged Illinoisans to wear masks, practice social distancing and wash their hands frequently.

Ezike said if people wore masks in public at near-universal levels — combined with health steps like washing hands — it could effectively end community spread of the virus.

And the sooner people are following those safety guidelines, the sooner the pandemic will be over, Ezike said.

“Collectively, we could save thousands of lives and we could save millions of dollars …,” Ezike said.

Pritzker also advised people to get a flu shot, saying they will be more important this year than ever as the state tries to keep the flu epidemic under control so as not to further stress the health care system.

“Because there’s no national strategy, it’s up to us … to slow the rate of infection across the state,” Pritzker said. “Wear a mask. Watch your distance. Don’t exceed capacity limits. Be kind to one another.”

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