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Coronavirus Kills 20 More People In Illinois

Among the most recent victims were 10 people in Cook County, including a woman in her 50s. At least 9,810 Illinoisans have been killed by the virus.

A mask is draped over one of the lion statues outside of the Art Institute of Chicago on April 30, 2020. Starting May 1, Illinois residents are required to wear face masks in public when social distancing is not an option.
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CHICAGO — Another 20 Illinoisans have died from coronavirus, the state reported Monday.

Every region of Illinois is now under “enhanced mitigations” meant to slow the virus’s spread. Chicago and the rest of the state are in the midst of a second wave of COVID-19, and new cases, hospitalizations and deaths are quickly growing, officials have said.

Under the state’s restrictions, Chicago restaurants can’t offer indoor dining or drinking and there are smaller limits on group sizes. Those rules went into effect Friday.

Officials are asking Chicagoans to stop having people over to their home, even if they’re in small groups; to wear masks; to stop any kind of unnecessary gatherings; to keep 6 feet from others; and to wash their hands frequently, all measures meant to slow the virus’s spread.

Among the most recent victims were 10 people in Cook County, including a woman in her 50s. At least 9,810 Illinoisans have been killed by the virus.

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The state also reported 6,222 confirmed cases, bringing Illinois’ total up to 423,502.

The state’s seven-day positivity rate rose to 8.1 percent with 68,118 tests reported. It was at 8 percent Sunday. The figure represents total confirmed cases divided by total tests.

Illinois is also now reporting its seven-day test positivity, which measures how many tests were positive out of total tests. As of Monday, it’s at 9.7 percent, up from 9.4 percent Sunday.

As of Sunday night, 3,371 people were hospitalized with coronavirus in Illinois, including 722 people in the ICU and 298 people using ventilators.

Over the weekend, the state also saw 81 deaths and nearly 15,000 confirmed cases.

In Chicago, an average of 958 cases are being reported per day, a 24 percent uptick from the prior week. The city’s positivity rate has risen to 9.1 percent, up from 7.3 percent the week prior.

The city is also seeing an average of four deaths per day; for months, that number hadn’t risen above two or three per day. But officials have said deaths are beginning to rise in Chicago, and they’ll go higher as new cases and hospitalizations spike.

There have been at least 3,082 deaths from COVID-19 in Chicago and 105,999 confirmed cases, according to state data.

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