CHICAGO — Another 23 people were reported to have died from coronavirus during the past day in Illinois, including a Cook County woman in her 30s.
At least 8,637 people have died from COVID-19 in Illinois since the pandemic began, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health. Another 1,362 people were reported to have tested positive for the virus in the past day.
The state’s positivity rate ticked up slightly to 3.6 percent.
As of Monday night, 1,535 people were hospitalized with coronavirus in Illinois, including 363 people in the ICU and 151 people on ventilators.
In Chicago, an average of 300 cases are being reported and three people are dying per day. The city’s positivity rate was at 4.3 percent.
As temperatures drop and bars and restaurants expand indoor service, public health officials are urging Chicagoans to remain vigilant about wearing masks, social distancing and washing their hands.
During a live-streamed Q&A Tuesday, Dr. Allison Arwady, head of the Chicago Department of Public Health, said it’s time to “double down” on masks and hand washing to stay safe through the winter and prevent further spread of the virus.
She encouraged people to stick with their quarantine “bubble” when venturing out and being extra cautious around more at-risk individuals.
Though the city is not where she wants it to be yet — the goal is fewer than 200 new cases per day — Arwady said data has shown a “slow but steady decline” that allowed the city to ease restrictions.
Earlier Tuesday, Chicago expanded its quarantine list to include four more states, meaning those coming here from Kentucky, Wyoming, Texas and Nevada must quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.
Gov. JB Pritzker’s office also announced Tuesday a staffer in the governor’s office tested positive for COVID-19. Pritzker and other people who came into contact with the employee will self-isolate for a 14-day period, his office said.
The staffer, who attended events with the governor in Chicago, Marion and Marseilles last week, tested positive Monday after experiencing symptoms, Pritzker’s office said.
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