CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — Illinois on Monday reported 8,322 new cases of coronavirus, including 47 deaths, a potential sign that COVID-19 metrics are at least stabilizing across the state.
The Illinois Department of Public Health says the statewide rolling positivity rate for tests people take for coronavirus is just under 11% — much higher than the single-digit levels from late in the summer but better than some neighboring states. Iowa, for example, has a 45% positivity rate, while Michigan is pushing 16%, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Illinois is under new COVID mitigations — limiting capacity at retail stores, supermarkets, and pharmacies — and residents are encouraged to stay at home as much as possible as the state deals with a second wave of coronavirus. Health officials have urged people not to join people outside their own household for Thanksgiving; otherwise, the number of future cases could spike and overwhelm hospitals.
Gov. JB Pritzker noted hospitalizations and the bulk number of coronavirus cases seem to have stabilized or flattened as of Monday, but he cautioned against reading too much into the data, especially before the Thanksgiving holiday.
“Is there a glimmer of hope? There is, and I’m always looking for that glimmer of hope,” he said.
By comparison, a week ago the Illinois health agency reported 11,632 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus, including 37 additional deaths.