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Coronavirus Kills 49 More People In Illinois As State Heads In ‘Concerning Direction,’ Pritzker Says

Illinois' positivity rate and hospitalizations are going up, Gov. JB Pritzker said Wednesday.

Pedestrians wear masks in the Loop neighborhood amid the COVID-19 pandemic on August 31, 2020.
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CHICAGO — Another 49 people were reported to have died from coronavirus in Illinois during the past day.

The state’s progress against COVID-19 has begun to turn around: All 11 regions of Illinois are seeing an increase in positivity rates, and the statewide rate has grown a full percentage point in the past week, Gov. JB Pritzker said at a Wednesday news conference.

Hospital admissions are growing in most regions, too, Pritzker said.

“These numbers are indicating a concerning direction,” Pritzker said. He repeated a familiar plea, saying, “Mask up. It will make a tremendous difference in keeping infections down.”

Among the most recent victims were six people in Cook County. At least 9,074 Illinoisans have died from COVID-19.

The past day also saw 2,862 new confirmed cases, bringing the state’s total up to 327,605. Illinois’ positivity rating rose slightly to 4.6 percent, with 52,669 tests reported.

As of Tuesday night, 1,974 people were hospitalized with coronavirus in Illinois, including 390 people in the ICU and 153 people using ventilators.

In Chicago, an average of 399 cases are being reported and three people are dying per day. The city’s positivity rate was at 4.4 percent.

At least 2,995 Chicagoans have died from COVID-19 and there have been 85,602 confirmed cases in the city.

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