Illinois surpasses 10 million COVID-19 tests; adds 11,378 new cases and 155 additional deaths

Illinois surpasses 10 million COVID-19 tests, adds 11,378 new cases and 155 additional deaths
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — Illinois hit another coronavirus milestone recently.

The Illinois Department of Public Health on Wednesday reported that the state administered 114,233 COVID-19 rests, bringing the total number of tests performed to 10,104,537.

State health officials also reported on Wednesday that Illinois had 11,378 new confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases, including 155 additional deaths.

Of the people who died, 25 were from Cook County and included two men in their 50s, three women in their 60s, six men in their 60s, a woman in her 70s, four men in their 70s, three women in their 80s, two 2 males 80s and four women in their 90s.

The IDPH currently is reporting a total of 685,467 cases, including 11,832 deaths.

As of Tuesday night, 6,133 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19.  Of those, 1,208 patients were in the intensive care unit and 679 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from Nov. 18 through Nov. 24 is 10.6%.  The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from Nov. 18 through Nov. 24  is 12.2%.

Both Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot discouraged traveling during this Thanksgiving holiday and attending or hosting large gatherings this year.

Dr. Allison Arwady, commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health, said on Wednesday that 1 in 17 Chicagoans may have the coronavirus disease and that the city was averaging a daily rate of 2,000 cases and 10 deaths.

“Yes, it is real. it sis deadly and we have to be diligent,” Lightfoot said during a press conference on Wednesday.