CHICAGO — Coronavirus killed 69 more people during the past day in Illinois.
That’s the most deaths reported in a single day since mid-June, when the state was coming off its peak. Now, officials have said Illinois is entering a new surge of COVID-19, with new cases, hospitalizations and deaths quickly increasing.
Officials have said people should return to strictly following safety guidelines — like wearing a mask when around other people, staying 6 feet apart, not crowding and washing their hands frequently — to slow the spread of coronavirus.
Thirteen of the most recent victims were in Cook County. At least 9,345 Illinoisans have died from COVID-19.
The state also reported 4,342 confirmed cases, bringing the total in Illinois to 355,217.
The state’s positivity rate rose to 5.7 percent with 66,791 tests reported.
As of Tuesday night, 2,338 people were hospitalized with coronavirus in Illinois, including 502 people in the ICU and 194 people using ventilators.
In Chicago, an average of 606 cases are being reported per day, a 57 percent increase from one week ago. There have been 90,438 confirmed cases in the city.
The city is seeing an average of three people dying per day. At least 3,018 Chicagoans have died.
The city’s positivity rate rose to 6.1 percent, up 1.7 percentage points since one week ago.
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