Illinois Sees 1,467 New COVID-19 Cases, 14 Deaths As Positivity Rate Stays Steady

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By WBBM Newsradio 780 AM & 105.9 FM

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The Illinois Department of Public Health announced Sunday 1,467 new confirmed cases of coronavirus and 14 new deaths, though the positivity rate remains at 3.9% since July 25. 

Sunday's new cases are a slight decrease from Saturday's 1,639 cases but deaths rose by six in the state. 

The new cases bring the state's total to 181,943 cases, including 7,517 deaths, in 102 counties in Illinois. 

In Illinois, 1,407 people were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19 in the last 24 hours. Of those, 339 patients were in the ICU and 126 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

The state's positivity rate has remained the same for the past week but Chicago's rate keeps inching upward. According to city data, the rate is at 4.7%, a rise from last week's 4.1%. 

But what is going down are tests performed in the city. Data shows there have been less daily tests done in the last week with a 10% decline. Chicago has seen over 110,500 tests and between July 15 – Aug. 1, the city saw 6,887 tests and 263 positive cases. 

Still, these numbers put Illinois back on a concerning path. The daily number of coronavirus cases in Illinois hit 1,941 Friday, the highest daily count the state has seen in weeks. The IDPH recently said as many as 3,800 coronavirus test results all linked to one lab, Reditus Labs in Pekin, have been delayed beyond what officials say is appropriate. Now, the health department said it’s working with Reditus to improve its testing operations because results from July 12 to July 24 have been delayed.

The Centers for Disease and Control reported on Saturday a total of 4.54 million COVID-19 cases and 152,870 deaths in the U.S.