WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Illinois health officials announced another high caseload of coronavirus cases Saturday, with 2,441 and 25 new deaths, nine of which were in Cook County.
The Illinois Department of Public Health also reported over 65,000 tests taken in the last 24 hours.
Although cases are still up, the statewide positivity rate is slowly decreasing. From Sept. 19 – Sept. 25 it was at 3.6%. In Chicago, the rate was at 4.5% with nearly 8,000 tests performed in the last week, per the Chicago Department of Public Health's COVID dashboard.
As of last night, 1,597 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19 and 355 of those patients were in the ICU and 141 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.
IPDH said the state now has seen 286,326 cases, including 8,588 deaths.