CHICAGO — Another 1,373 cases of coronavirus were reported over the past day in Illinois.
The state has seen 262,744 confirmed cases of the virus. Its positivity rate fell to 3.6 percent.
Five people were reported to have died, as well, including one person in Cook County: a woman in her 70s. At least 8,314 people have died from coronavirus in Illinois.
As of Sunday night, 1,431 people were hospitalized with coronavirus in Illinois, including 335 people in the ICU and 131 people on ventilators.
In Chicago, an average of 266 cases are being reported and two people are dying per day. The city’s positivity rate rose slightly to 5.1 percent.
At least 2,916 people have died from coronavirus in Chicago, and there have been 75,156 confirmed cases.
Dr. Allison Arwady, head of the Chicago Department of Public Health, and Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced Monday the city has partnered with 30 community groups to increase contact tracing. Officials hope increased contact tracing can slow the spread of coronavirus here.
Arwady said such efforts are especially needed as Chicago heads into the fall and winter, when the city battles flu season and there’s a potential for another wave of COVID-19.
“It’s our job to think ahead, and as we are heading into the fall and into the winter, I don’t completely know what COVID is going to look like here in Chicago,” Arwady said at a press conference. “We’re concerned about the potential for surge. We’re concerned about the potential for impact on our health care system, particularly where we see overlap with the flu season and other seasons.”
Arwady and other officials have repeatedly urged Chicagoans to get flu shots and do checkups with their doctors to ensure they’re healthy.
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