Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Brittni Porter (front) and Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Kendal Swenson aboard the hospital ship USNS Mercy May 1. Mercy deployed in support of the nation's COVID-19 response efforts. Credit: U.S. Navy Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Luke Cunningham

CHICAGO — The state reported 118 people dying from coronavirus over the weekend.

Officials have said Chicago and the rest of Illinois are in the midst of a second surge, with new cases, hospitalizations and deaths skyrocketing.

Reports of new cases and deaths often lag during the weekends, but the state still reported 76 deaths Saturday and 42 more Sunday. Fifty-two of the people who died were from Cook County.

At least 10,196 people have died from COVID-19 in Illinois. Another 342 deaths are considered to be probably related to coronavirus.

The state also saw 22,447 confirmed cases: A record-breaking 12,438 were reported Saturday, and 10,009 were reported Sunday. That brings the total number of confirmed cases in Illinois to 487,987.

The state’s seven-day positivity rate rose to 10.6 percent Sunday with 90,757 tests reported. It was at 9.6 percent Friday. The figure represents total confirmed cases divided by total tests.

Illinois’ seven-day test positivity, which measures how many tests were positive out of total tests, hit 12 percent Sunday, up from 11.1 percent Friday.

As of Saturday night, 4,303 people were hospitalized with coronavirus in Illinois, including 833 people in the ICU and 368 people using ventilators.

In Chicago, 16 deaths and 4,190 confirmed cases were reported over the weekend. There have been at least 3,137 deaths from COVID-19 in Chicago and 117,525 confirmed cases, according to state data.

The city is seeing an average of 1,599 cases being reported per day, a 41 percent uptick from the prior week. The city’s seven-day positivity rate has risen to 12.4 percent, up from 9.5 percent the week before.

The city is also now seeing an average of six 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.

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