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Coronavirus Kills 165 Illinoisans Over Weekend And 15,051 Cases Reported

Among the most recent victims were 108 people in Cook County, including a woman in her 30s and a man in his 40s

Raquel Gonzalez of Logan Square wears a mask and gloves as she waits for the Fullerton bus after working on Monday, April 27, 2020. Starting May 1, all Illinois residents are required to wear masks in public. | Colin Boyle/Block Club Chicago
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CHICAGO — Coronavirus killed at least 165 people over the weekend, the state reported.

Among the most recent victims were 108 people in Cook County, including a woman in her 30s and a man in his 40s. At least 12,193 people have died from COVID-19 in Illinois, and another 689 deaths are considered to be probably related to coronavirus.

The state also reported 15,051 confirmed cases since Friday. That brings the total number of confirmed cases in Illinois up to 720,114.

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 Sunday with 62,740 tests reported. It was at 10.1 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, was at 12.1 percent Sunday. It was at 12.2 percent Friday.

As of Saturday night, 5,858 people were hospitalized with coronavirus in Illinois, including 1,185 people in the ICU and 723 people using ventilators.

In Chicago, 41 deaths and 2,398 confirmed cases were reported since Friday. There have been at least 3,413 deaths from COVID-19 in Chicago and 160,802 confirmed cases, according to state data.

An average of 1,803 confirmed cases are being reported per day, a 15 percent decrease from the prior week. The city’s seven-day positivity rate is at 11.7 percent, down from 13.8 percent the week before.

The city is seeing an average of 15 deaths per day, unchanged from the average number of people per day who were dying a week prior.

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