Illinois reports 12,022 new COVID-19 cases, 131 additional deaths

lllinois reports 12,022 new COVID-19 cases, 131 additional deaths
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — State health officials on Thursday reported 12,022 new confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases in Illinois, including 131 additional deaths.

Of the people who died, 29 were from Cook County and included three men in their 40s, a woman and man each in their 50s, a man in his 60s, four women and three men all in their 70s, 9 women and two men all in their 90s and a woman over 100, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

The IDPH currently is reporting a total of  697,489 cases, including 11,963 deaths.  On Thursday, 107,556 COVID-19 tests had been administered for a total 10,212,093. The day before, the total number of coronavirus tests in Illinois surpassed 10 million coronavirus.

As of Wednesday night, 6,032 in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19.  Of those, 1,224 patients were in the intensive care unit and 724 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from Nov. 19 through Nov. 25 is 10.3%.  The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from Nov. 19 through Nov. 25 is 12.0%.

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Tuesday made a plea for residents to scrap any big Thanksgiving plans that involve merging households as the state tries to tamp down the second wave of COVID-19.

“The vaccines that seem to be on the horizon can’t help you if you get sick now,” the governor said during his administration’s Tuesday coronavirus briefing. “Next year, we’ll be able to have that robust Thanksgiving that everybody loves to have.”