CHICAGO — Coronavirus was reported to have killed another 31 people in Illinois during the past day.
Two of the most recent victims were from Cook County: a man in his 30s and a woman in her 90s. At least 9,418 people have died from COVID-19 in Illinois.
Officials have warned the virus is surging in Chicago and across the state, and they expect to see deaths increase as hospitalizations from the virus have already gone up.
Gov. JB Pritzker, Mayor Lori Lightfoot and health officials have asked people to stop or limit gathering, even in small groups, with people outside their household; to wear masks; to stay 6 feet away from others and to wash their hands frequently to slow the virus’s spread.
The city has put a 10 p.m. curfew on non-essential businesses — including bars and restaurants — and is not allowing indoor service at bars that don’t serve food.
The state saw 3,874 cases confirmed, bringing the total up to 364,033.
Illinois’ seven-day positivity rate fell slightly to 5.6 percent with 82,256 tests reported.
As of Thursday night, 2,498 people were hospitalized with coronavirus in Illinois, including 511 people in the ICU and 197 people using ventilators.
In Chicago, an average of 682 cases are being reported per day, a 50 percent increase from one week ago. The city’s had 91,589 confirmed cases so far.
An average of three people are dying per day in Chicago, with at least 3,024 people killed by the virus so far.
The city’s seven-day positivity rate was at 6.7 percent.
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