CHICAGO — On the day Chicago announced it was easing coronavirus restrictions, the state reported 1,709 more people tested positive for COVID-19 over the past day and 13 people died.
There have now been 8,614 deaths in the state since the start of the pandemic. A total of 289,639 confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported.
The state’s positivity rate rose slightly to 3.7 percent. The rate is the percentage of tests administered in the past seven days that have come back with a positive test for COVID-19. The rate was at 3.6 percent on Friday.
As of Sunday night, 1,491 people were in Illinois hospitals with COVID-19. Of those, 346 patients were in the intensive care units and 135 patients were on ventilators.
The city of Chicago’s positivity rate decreased to 4.3 percent. It had been 4.5 percent last week.
There have been 2,952 deaths attributed to coronavirus in Chicago. A total of 79,440 people have tested positive within the city.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot and city health officials on Monday announced that sufficient progress has been made in the battle against coronavirus to ease some restrictions on bars, restaurants, fitness center and other businesses.
“We still have a long road ahead … being able to open further today is just one small step we’re taking based on the data,” said Dr. Allison Arwady, commissioner of the city’s health department.