Daily Illinois Coronavirus Caseload Rises To Nearly 2,000

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By WBBM Newsradio 780 AM & 105.9 FM

(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The daily number of coronavirus cases in Illinois neared 2,000 Friday, the highest daily count the state has seen in weeks.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 1,941 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19, including 21 deaths.

Meantime, the state’s overall “positivity rate” increased slightly to 3.9%, more than a point higher than the 2.5% rate that was reported at the beginning of July. Gov. JB Pritzker says Illinois finds itself at a "danger point" after seemingly bending the curve of coronavirus cases.

Illinois officials have warned that some regions run the risk of being rolled back into restrictions if they cannot keep their COVID metrics at acceptable levels.

Eleven counties are currently at a warning level – Cass, Gallatin, Jackson, Jo Daviess, Johnson, Perry, Randolph, Saline, Sangamon, St. Clair, and White, health officials say.

Illinois is in Phase 4 of reopening, as surrounding states deal with virus surges.

Chicago’s newly implemented travel order includes more than 20 states, including Iowa and Wisconsin, that are considered hot spots. Travelers or residents coming from these states are expected to self-quarantine for two weeks, as a precaution.