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Illinois officials report highest COVID-19 case count for second day in a row

Health officials complete over 87,000 tests in 24 hours
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Published: Oct. 16, 2020 at 12:50 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 16, 2020 at 12:54 PM CDT
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (KWQC) - The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting the highest number of COVID-19 cases in a 24-hour period for the second day in a row.

On Friday, the health department reported 4,554 cases in the state. On Thursday, health officials also reported a large number of COVID-19 cases totaling to 4,015.

IDPH says 5,368 cases of COVID-19 were reported on September 4, however, that was after a slowdown in data processing that delayed some numbers.

After releasing Friday’s numbers, IDPH is now reporting a total of 336,174 cases in the state, including 9,165 deaths since the pandemic began.

The health department reported the following 38 additional confirmed deaths on Friday:

  • Christian County: 1 female 80s, 1 female 90s
  • Clay County: 1 female 50s, 1 female 80s
  • Cook County: 1 female 40s, 3 male 50s, 1 female 70s, 2 females 80s, 1 male 80s
  • DuPage County: 1 male 70s, 1 female 90s
  • Fayette County: 1 male 80s
  • Ford County: 1 female 80s, 1 male 90s
  • Jefferson County: 1 male 60s, 1 female 90s
  • JoDaviess County: 1 male 80s, 1 male 90s
  • Lake County: 1 male 70s, 1 female 90s
  • Lawrence County: 1 male 70s
  • Madison County: 1 male 60s, 1 male 70s
  • McHenry County: 1 female 60s
  • Ogle County: 1 male 70s
  • Richland County: 1 female 70s, 1 female 90s
  • Rock Island County: 1 male 60s
  • Sangamon County: 1 female 80s
  • St. Clair County: 1 male 70s, 1 male 80s
  • Wayne County: 1 male 90s
  • Will County: 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s
  • Williamson County: 1 male 70s

Illinois health officials say the seven-day statewide positivity rate is now 5.1%.

Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 87,759 tests in Illinois for a total of 6,618,768.

As of Thursday night, 2,016 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, IDPH says 410 patients were in the ICU and 151 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

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