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Coronavirus Kills 197 More Illinoisans Since Wednesday, Bringing Death Toll To 12,029

Among the most recent victims were 55 people in Cook County, including a man in his 30s.

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.
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CHICAGO — Coronavirus has killed 197 Illinoisans since Wednesday, the state reported Friday.

Among the most recent victims were 55 people in Cook County, including a man in his 30s. At least 12,029 people have died from COVID-19 in Illinois, and another 657 deaths are considered to be probably related to coronavirus.

The state also reported 19,596 confirmed cases since Wednesday. That brings the total number of confirmed cases in Illinois up to 705,063.

To prevent more deaths — and to slow down the virus and hopefully avert a full stay at home order — the entire state is under Tier 3 restrictions. The rules close museums, casinos and theaters; cut capacity at stores; stop indoor sports and put stricter rules in place at gyms and salons, among other things.

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Chicago is under a stay at home advisory. People are being asked to stay home as much as possible, leaving only for essential things like grocery shopping; to work from home if possible; to stop gathering with anyone outside their household; and to stop traveling.

People should also wear masks and wash their hands regularly, officials have said.

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 10.1 percent Friday with 77,130 tests reported. It was at 10.6 percent Wednesday. 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, was at 12.2 percent Friday, unchanged from Wednesday.

As of Thursday night, 5,829 people were hospitalized with coronavirus in Illinois, including 1,215 people in the ICU and 698 people using ventilators.

In Chicago, 19 deaths and 4,089 confirmed cases were reported since Wednesday. There have been at least 3,413 deaths from COVID-19 in Chicago and 158,404 confirmed cases, according to state data.

An average of 1,901 confirmed cases are being reported per day, a 20 percent decrease from the prior week. The city’s seven-day positivity rate is at 12.4 percent, down from 15.6 percent the week before.

The city is seeing an average of 14 deaths per day, up from 12 deaths per day the week prior.

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