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Coronavirus Kills 37 Illinoisans As 11,632 Confirmed Cases Reported

Over the weekend, 238 deaths and 21,659 confirmed cases were reported.

A person wearing a mask gazes at a tree near Foster Beach on November 12, 2020. That afternoon, Mayor Lori Lightfoot issued a stay-at-home advisory starting November 17.
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CHICAGO — Another 37 people were reported to have died from coronavirus during the past day in Illinois.

The city’s 30-day stay at home advisory began Monday morning. It asks everyone to stay at home as much as they can, leaving only for necessities like buying groceries; to work from home if possible; to cancel all Thanksgiving plans; and to avoid gatherings of any kind — which also means not inviting people into your home.

And with the outbreak worsening every day, Gov. JB Pritzker has warned a new statewide stay at home order could be put in place soon. A similar order was used in the spring — at the start of the pandemic — to slow the virus’s spread and flatten the curve here.

State and city leaders have said they’re deeply concerned this second surge of COVID-19 will be far worse than the spring, particularly because there could be a shortage of health care workers since every part of the United States is in the midst of a “COVID storm.”

Among the most recent victims were 19 people in Cook County. At least 10,779 people have died from COVID-19 in Illinois, and another 425 deaths are considered to be probably related to coronavirus.

The state also reported 11,632 confirmed cases in the past day. That brings the total number of confirmed cases in Illinois up to 585,248.

Over the weekend, 238 deaths and 21,659 confirmed cases were reported. Sixty-six of the people who died actually died between Thursday and Friday, but their loss was recorded over the weekend due to a delay in data.

The surge in new cases in Chicago — and across Illinois — can only partially be explained by increased testing; in reality, there are more cases because coronavirus is spreading so much, officials have said. There’s evidence of that in the way positivity rates and COVID-19 deaths and hospitalizations have rapidly risen in recent weeks.

Illinois’ seven-day positivity rate was at 12.5 percent with 90,612 tests reported. It was at 12.8 percent Sunday. 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 14.7 percent. It was at 14.8 percent Sunday.

As of Sunday night, 5,581 people were hospitalized with coronavirus in Illinois, including 1,144 people in the ICU and 514 people using ventilators.

In Chicago, three deaths and 2,442 confirmed cases were reported since Sunday. There have been at least 3,216 deaths from COVID-19 in Chicago and 136,316 confirmed cases, according to state data.

Over the weekend, 35 deaths and 4,289 confirmed cases were reported.

An average of 2,325 confirmed cases are being reported per day, a 41 percent increase from the prior week. The city’s seven-day positivity rate has risen to 15.7 percent, up from 12.3 percent the week before.

The city is also seeing an average of seven deaths per day; for months, that number hadn’t risen above two or three per day, but it’s been going up the past several weeks.

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