CHICAGO — Another 17 people were reported to have died from coronavirus in Illinois.
Among the victims were 12 people in Cook County, including a man in his 30s. At least 9,522 people have died from COVID-19 in Illinois.
“Cases, positivity, hospitalizations are all rising across the state of Illinois,” Gov. JB Pritzker said at a Monday coronavirus update. “And we have got to reverse the trend and slow the spread of this virus.”
Six out of Illinois’ 11 regions are now under stricter rules to slow the spread of coronavirus, with more regions expected to be added in coming days. Those areas will have to temporarily stop indoor dining and bar service and limit gathering sizes, among other things.
Businesses should follow those rules, Pritzker said, and people should individually take safety measures — like social distancing and wearing masks — to slow the virus’s spread and save lives.
“No matter where in Illinois you call home, as you go about your daily lives, remember that this is not over,” Pritzker said. “There seems to be a COVID storm on the rise, and we have to get prepared.
“In the last 24 hours, we’ve lost another 17 people in the battle with COVID-19. Those are people whose families thought that they would get to see them at the Thanksgiving table. These are our friends and our family members, now gone from our lives.”
The state reported 4,729 confirmed cases during the past day, bringing Illinois’ total up to 378,985.
The state’s positivity rate rose to 6.3 percent with 57,264 tests reported.
As of Sunday night, 2,638 people were hospitalized with coronavirus in Illinois, including 589 people in the ICU and 238 people using ventilators.
Over the weekend, 87 deaths from COVID-19 and 10,233 confirmed cases were reported throughout Illinois. One of the victims was a man in his 20s from Cook County.
Pritzker and Dr. Ngozi Ezike, head of the Illinois Department of Public Health, emphasized the virus can greatly sicken or even kill anyone — including those who are young and otherwise healthy.
“… Treatment for COVID-19 is limited. There is no cure, but what we do have is prevention,” Ezike said. “The goal should not be to be lax with getting infected because the chances of survival are good. As we know, it’s not clear who will succumb to this virus or not.
“Yes, it’s true that our older members of society and people with pre-existing conditions are among the higher-risk, but we have heard countless stories of individuals, even teenagers with no known medical conditions, that have succumbed to this virus.”
Ezike said Illinois is on track to see 11,000 people die from coronavirus by the end of 2020.
Even those who survive the virus have been left with “lasting damage to their lungs and other internal organs,” Pritzker said.
In Chicago, an average of 703 new cases are being reported and two people are dying per week. The city’s positivity rate rose to 7.1 percent.
At least 3,030 Chicagoans have died from coronavirus and there have been 93,585 confirmed cases.
Officials warned last week Chicago and the rest of Illinois are in the midst of a second surge of COVID-19. Gov. JB Pritzker and Mayor Lori Lightfoot have urged Chicagoans to wear masks, stay 6 feet apart and stop gathering to slow the virus’s spread and prevent more cases and deaths.
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