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46 More People Die From Coronavirus In Illinois As Officials Continue Warning Of Second Surge

Chicago's top health official said she's "very concerned" about how the outbreak is going.

Ramon wears a mask as he works at the Peoria Packing Butcher Shop in the West Loop neighborhood on Monday, April 27, 2020. Starting May 1, All Illinois residents are required to wear face masks in public. | Colin Boyle/Block Club Chicago
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CHICAGO — Forty-six more people were reported to have died from coronavirus in Illinois.

Among the victims were six people in Cook County. At least 9,568 people have died from COVID-19 so far throughout Illinois.

The state also reported 4,000 confirmed cases Monday, bringing the total up to 382,985.

Illinois’ seven-day positivity rate hit 6.4 percent with 62,074 tests reported.

As of Monday night, 2,758 people were hospitalized with coronavirus in Illinois, including 595 people in the ICU and 241 people using ventilators.

In Chicago, 759 confirmed cases and seven deaths were reported since Monday. At least 3,037 people have died and there have been 94,344 confirmed cases.

The city is seeing an average of 797 new confirmed cases — a 40 percent increase from the week before —and three deaths per day. Chicago’s seven-day positivity rate has risen to 7.4; the week before, it was 5.8 percent.

Dr. Allison Arwady, head of the Chicago Department of Public Health, said during a Thursday morning livestream the city is seeing the same exponential growth in COVID-19 as it did during the first, deadly wave in the spring.

“I’m also very concerned about the way this outbreak is going,” Arwady said.

Arwady said she expects the state will soon impose restrictions for bars, restaurants gatherings on Chicago as the outbreak worsens. The suburbs and other parts of Illinois have already been hit with those restrictions.

Nobody should be having visitors to their home, Arwady said, as that creates the highest risk of spreading COVID-19. If someone must come in, people should wear masks and stay 6 feet apart, she said.

And that means people should definitely not host Halloween parties, she said.

“We all know what needs to be done in terms of flattening this curve, so please don’t have folks over to your home unless it’s necessary, wear that mask whenever you’re going out, wash your hands and be especially careful with anyone among your loved ones who’s” high-risk, Arwady said.

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