Number Of Daily COVID Cases In Illinois Surges To 2,264

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(WBBM NEWSRADIO) — Illinois is reporting 2,264 new cases of coronavirus — a daily total that hasn’t been seen since late May.

Among the new cases were 25 people who succumbed to COVID-19, the Illinois Department of Public Health said Friday. The residents ranged in age from their 30s to their 90s.

The latest figures come as Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker warns that coronavirus numbers are going the wrong way, after the state bent the curve of new infections earlier this summer. Fourteen counties are at “warning” level, IDPH said.

The counties are: Bureau, Cass, Clinton, Franklin, Greene, Grundy, Hancock, Jefferson, Kane, LaSalle, Moultrie, Perry, Union and Will.

“People in some communities are not wearing masks, or if they are, they are being worn incorrectly,” the state health agency said in a news release. “Inconsistent messaging from local elected leaders are contributing to on-going transmission in some communities where there is little public concern for consequences or enforcement of social distancing, banning large gatherings, or quarantine/isolation orders.”

The Illinois statewide “positivity rate” for coronavirus testing is holding at 4.1% — a relatively low number, but higher than the 2.5% of early July.

The Metro East region of Illinois faces the prospect of stricter “mitigation” measures if metrics there continue to spike, officials said.