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This site is a compilation of the latest news about the COVID-19 pandemic in Illinois, along with up-to-date resources and guidance from local, state and federal agencies.

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Coronavirus by the Numbers

Testing:

Local, state and federal agencies:

Hospital systems with COVID-19 public dashboards:

  • Carle Health — operates hospitals, in Urbana, Normal, Olney, Eureka, Hoopeston
  • Memorial Health System — operates hospitals in Springfield, Decatur, Taylorville, Lincoln, Jacksonville
  • OSF HealthCare — operates hospitals in Urbana, Danville, Peoria and Bloomington (no dashboard available)

New COVID-19 Deaths Reported In Macon, Coles, DeWitt Counties

Dec. 2, 9:40 p.m. — Champaign County reported 151 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday. That brings the total number of cases reported in the county to 11,104. Champaign County’s active case rate rose to 892, after four days of declines. The county’s seven-day test positivity rate (excluding saliva tests from the U of I campus) was at 6.6% as of last Sunday. That is lower than Illinois’ Region Six (covering east-central Illinois) as a whole, which has a 12% positivity rate (when U of I tests are excluded).

Macon County reported four COVID-19 related deaths Wednesday, for a total of 132 fatalities since the pandemic began. 78 new COVID-19 cases were reported in the County.

Coles County reported one new death and 43 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday.

Local health officials Wednesday reported 73 new COVID-19 cases in Vermilion County, 23 new cases in Moultrie County and 56 new cases in Ford County.

The Dewitt Piatt Bi-County Health Department reported 31 new COVID-19 cases and one death for DeWitt County from Sunday through Tuesday, and 33 new cases in Piatt County during the same period.

Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana reported 61 COVID-19 patients Wednesday, including eight in intensive care.

26 new COVID-19 cases were reported on the University of Illinois Urbana campus Tuesday. – Jim Meadows, Illinois Newsroom

Illinois Officials Announce Over 9,000 New Cases of COVID-19

Dec. 2, 12:45 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 9,757 new cases of COVID-19 out of 85,507 new tests conducted in the past 24 hours. Additionally, 238 new deaths were confirmed. Currently, 5,764 people are in hospitals being treated for COVID-19. The average seven-day positivity rate from Nov. 25 through Dec. 1 was 10.6%. The state totals are now 748, 603 cases, 12,639 deaths and 10,699,586 tests conducted. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

Illinois’ Seven-Day Statewide Positivity Rate At 10.4%

Dec. 1, 4:22 p.m. – Illinois public health officials reported 12,542 new COVID-19 cases as well as 125 new deaths Tuesday. The state has now seen a total of 12,403 deaths since the pandemic began. Illinois’ average daily COVID-19 cases have dropped by around 27% since three weeks ago. The seven-day statewide positivity rate is 10.4%.

Champaign County reported 95 new cases Tuesday, bringing the total to 10,953. There were two additional deaths reported Tuesday in Champaign County, for a total of 60 since the pandemic began. There are currently 867 active cases in the county, a drop from more than 1,500 two weeks ago. Carle Hospital in Urbana reported 69 patients hospitalized with COVID-19—with 12 people in the ICU. Coles County confirmed 35 new COVID-19 cases and is reporting 20 people currently hospitalized. – Lecia Bushak, Illinois Newsroom

Illinois Officials Announce Over 6,000 New Cases of COVID-19

Nov. 30, 12:15 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 6,190 new cases of COVID-19 out of 66,980 new tests conducted in the past 24 hours. Additionally, 85 new deaths were confirmed. Currently, 5,849 people are in hospitals being treated for COVID-19. The average seven-day positivity rate from Nov. 23 through Nov. 29 was 10.2%. The state totals are now 726,304 cases, 12,278 deaths and 10,497,998 tests conducted. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

57 New COVID-19 Deaths Reported In Illinois

Nov. 29, 2:20 p.m. –  Public health officials in Illinois reported 57 more deaths from COVID-19 Sunday, among 7,178 new confirmed and probable cases. There have been 720,114 COVID-19 cases in Illinois since the pandemic began. The seven-day statewide test positivity rate remains at 10.1% for the third consecutive day; a week ago, it was 11.3%. The death toll has reached 12,193 people. The state reported 62,740 tests in the past 24 hours with more than 10.4 million tests overall. Currently, 5,858 people in Illinois are being hospitalized for COVID-19 with 1,185 people in intensive care units. – Associated Press

58th COVID Death, Drop In Active Cases In Champaign County

Nov. 29, 7:55 p.m. – Champaign County reported its 58th death related to COVID-19 on Sunday morning. The Illinois Department of Public Health says the deceased was a woman in her 50s. Hers was the 30th COVID-19 death in Champaign County during November. Public health officials also reported 74 new COVID-19 cases in Champaign County on Sunday, for a total of 10,718 cases since the pandemic began. The number of active cases in Champaign County has dropped to 949. This is the first time since November 16 that the number of active cases has been below 1,000. The hospitalization rate remains at 19.

The University of Illinois Urbana campus reported 33 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, for a daily positivity rate of 0.89%. (The university issued no reports for Thanksgiving Day or Friday). The number of new cases reported on campus since the beginning of the fall semester (August 16) is 4,002.  

Macon County reported 96 new COVID-19 cases Sunday. With one recent case subtracted due to being out-of-county residents, Macon County total number of COVID-19 cases is now 6,565. 2,510 residents are isolating at home with the coronavirus, and 68 are hospitalized.

Vermilion County reported 36 new COVID-19 cases Sunday, bringing the total number of cases to 3,035. The number of active cases has declined for the second consecutive day, to 228, with 29 of those hospitalized. 

Coles County reported 14 new COVID-19 cases for a total of 3,397 cases. The county currently has 901 active cases, with 17 hospitalized.

 
(Updated throughout the afternoon and evening, to add details about the deceased and Macon/Vermilion/Coles County cases. ) – Jim Meadows, Illinois Newsroom

COVID-19 Continues Spread, Illinois Faces Post-Holiday Surge

Nov. 28, 1:52 p.m. — Coronavirus illness claimed another 105 lives in Illinois Saturday among 7,873 newly confirmed infections.  Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart is among those ill with COVID-19, according to his office. He is recovering at home. The daily death toll marked the eighth time in the past 12 days that fatalities topped 100. There have been more than 12,000 fatalities total among nearly 713,000 cases. Friday’s cases mark the next-to-lowest daily number in the past 12 days, a period that saw new cases jump as high as 14,612 on Nov. 19. But state officials are bracing for another surge after heavy Thanksgiving holiday travel. – Associated Press

Decline In Active Cases In Champaign County

Nov. 28, 11:45 p.m. – The number of active COVID-19 cases in Champaign County has fallen to 1,071, its lowest point since active cases increased to more than 1,000 on November 17. The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District reported 48 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, for a total 10,644. But the 1,071 active cases are down by 120 from Friday. The number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients remains at 19 in Champaign County. The total number of deaths remains at 57.

Vermilion County reported 106 new COVID-19 cases Saturday, bringing their total to 2,999. 254 cases are currently active, including 29 patients who are hospitalized.

Macon County reported 54 new COVID-19 cases and Coles County reported 18 new cases, both on Saturday.

Piatt County reported 49 new COVID-19 cases for Wednesday through Saturday. 26 new cases were reported in DeWitt County for the same period. (Updated to add Vermilion, Macon, Coles, DeWitt and Piatt County COVID-19 numbers)  Jim Meadows, Illinois Newsroom

Friday COVID-19 Reports Include Four Deaths In Macon County

Nov. 27, 7:00 p.m. – Champaign County reported 115 COVID-19 cases on Friday. The number of active cases stands at 1,191, with 19 currently hospitalized.  

Macon County reported four deaths related to the coronavirus Friday, bringing the county’s total to 25. The victims were men, one in his 70s and the others in their 80s. Macon County reported 190 new COVID-19 cases Friday, bringing the total to 6,146, with 2,361 currently in home isolation and 68 hospitalized.

Coles County reported 46 new COVID-19 cases Friday, bringing that county’s total to 3,365, with 900 currently recovering, 19 hospitalized and 58 deceased. – Jim Meadows, Illinois Newsroom

9 Days, Another 1,000 COVID-19 Deaths In Illinois

Nov. 27, 5:07 p.m. — Illinois topped 12,000 deaths from COVID-19 , along with passing the 700,000 mark for cases of coronavirus illness. It took just nine days for public health officials to log 1,000 deaths, according to an Associated Press review of the data Friday, matching the deadliest period previously in the pandemic, in late April and early May. After a quiet summer lulled some into complacency, the virus aggressively returned in October. Illinois marked its 11,000th death on Nov. 18, with 1000 fatalities coming in just 13 days, then topped 12,000 in nine days. – Associated Press

Illinois Officials Announce Over 11,000 New Cases of COVID-19

Nov. 25, 12:15 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 11,378 new cases of COVID-19 out of 114,233 new tests conducted in the past 24 hours. Additionally, 155 new deaths were confirmed. Currently, 6,133 people are in hospitals being treated for COVID-19. The average seven-day positivity rate from Nov. 18 through Nov. 24 was 10.6%. The state totals are now 685,467 cases, 11,832 deaths and 10,104,537 tests conducted.

The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District reported 136 new cases of the virus and five additional deaths, bringing the county’s total death count to 52. Carle Hospital in Urbana, which serves several counties in east central Illinois, reports 70 patients with COVID-19 as of today, with 12 patients in the ICU. Jose Zepeda and Christine Herman, Illinois Newsroom

COVID-19 Claims 125 More Lives In Illinois, Officials Say

Nov. 24, 12:50 p.m. — State officials are reporting that another 125 people in Illinois have died from COVID-19. In a news release on Tuesday, the Illinois Department of Public Health reports that the latest figures bring the death toll since the pandemic began earlier this year to 11,677. The health department also reports  another 9,469 confirmed and probable cases. That total is more than 1,100 higher than Monday’s total but marks just the second time in the last six days that the number of cases was below the 10,000 mark. – Associated Press

Region 6 Reaches 71% Of ICU Capacity

Nov. 23, 5:22 p.m. – Today, Illinois state health officials announced 8,322 new cases of COVID-19 and an additional 47 deaths. The state’s seven-day average positivity rate is 10.9%.

Champaign County saw an increase of 68 cases today. There are 1,219 active cases in the county and 12 residents are currently hospitalized.

Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana – which takes patients from across central Illinois — is reporting a total of 74 COVID cases, including 13 people in the intensive care unit. That’s one more ICU case than was reported yesterday.

Champaign Urbana Public Health administrator Julie Pryde says that there is 29% hospital and ICU capacity remaining for Region 6 — a 21-county region that includes Champaign County.

As of yesterday, the University of Illinois saw an increase in 19 positive coronavirus cases. Yesterday’s single-day positivity rate was 0.58% — the highest it’s been in almost two weeks. – Dana Cronin, Illinois Newsroom

Illinois Officials Announce Over 8,000 New Cases of COVID-19

Nov. 23, 12:15 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 8,322 new cases of COVID-19 out of 91,562 new tests conducted in the past 24 hours. Additionally, 47 new deaths were confirmed. Currently, 6,171 people are in hospitals being treated for COVID-19. The average seven-day positivity rate from Nov. 16 through Nov. 22 was 10.9%. The state totals are now 664,620 cases, 11,553 deaths and 9,892,981 tests conducted. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

Illinois Again Reports Daily COVID-19 Cases At More Than 10K

Nov. 22, 7:40 p.m.  — Illinois public health officials are reporting 10,012 new cases of COVID-19 and 76 additional deaths. The Illinois Department of Public Health has reported more than 10,000 confirmed and probable cases each day for four consecutive days. The last time it dipped below 10,000 was Wednesday when it was 8,922. Overall, Illinois has reported 656,298 coronavirus cases and 11,506 deaths since the start of the pandemic. More than 92,000 tests have been reported in the past 24 hours. – Associated Press

Health Officials Encourage Illinoisans To Stay Home For The Holidays

Nov. 19, 5:54 p.m. – Illinois state health officials are continuing to urge residents to stay home for the holidays and avoid large indoor gatherings of any kind. They announced 14,612 additional COVID-19 cases today, along with 168 more deaths.

Currently across the state, there are more than 6,000 COVID-19 patients in Illinois hospitals. The seven-day statewide positivity rate is 12%.

Champaign County health officials announced 140 new cases today. There are 1,264 active cases in the county and 16 people are hospitalized. The county’s seven-day average positivity rate, excluding University of Illinois tests, is 9.6%.

As of yesterday, the University of Illinois is reporting 34 additional COVID-19 cases. The campus’ seven-day average positivity rate has been steadily decreasing for the past week – it’s now at 0.34%. – Dana Cronin, Illinois Newsroom

Illinois Officials Announce Over 11,000 Total Deaths Related To COVID-19

Nov. 18, 12:15 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 8,922 new cases of COVID-19 out of 103,569 new tests conducted in the past 24 hours. Additionally, 140 new deaths were confirmed. Currently, 5,953 people are in hospitals being treated for COVID-19. The average seven-day positivity rate from Nov. 11 through Nov. 17 was 11.9%. The state totals are now 606,771 cases, 11,014 deaths and 9,359,227 tests conducted. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

Illinois Officials Announce Over 11,000 New Cases Of COVID-19

Nov. 16, 3:42 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 11,632 new cases of COVID-19 out of 90,612 new tests conducted in the past 24 hours. Additionally, 37 new deaths were confirmed. Currently, 5,581 people are in hospitals being treated for COVID-19. The average seven-day positivity rate from Nov. 9 through Nov. 15 was 12.5%. The state totals are now 585,248 cases, 10,779 deaths and 9,161,453 tests conducted.

The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District reported 67 new cases of COVID-19 Monday. Confirmed cases countywide now total 8,184, including 772 active cases of the virus. Total deaths from COVID-19 in Champaign County stand at 39, and 12 people are currently hospitalized with the virus. Excluding tests conducted by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign County’s positivity rate is 9.5%. 

Champaign County’s average daily case count has tripled since mid-October. 

The Coles County Health Department reported 51 new cases of COVID-19 today (MONDAY). There are nearly 3,000 total cases of the virus in that county, including 23 people who are currently hospitalized with COVID-19. Fifty-four people have died from the illness in Coles County.

Lee Gaines and Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

Illinois Reports 10,631 New COVID-19 Cases And 72 Deaths

Nov. 15, 4:20 p.m. — The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 10,631 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in the state and 72 confirmed new deaths. With the numbers announced Sunday, the state has reported 573,616 cases of COVID-19, including 10,742 deaths. The latest confirmed and probable cases were the result of 84,831 tests administered over 24 hours. The seven-day statewide test positivity rate is 14.8%. As of last night, 5,474 people in Illinois were reported hospitalized with COVID-19.  Of those, 1,045 patients were in intensive care units and 490 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators. – Associated Press

Illinois Virus Numbers: 166 deaths, 11K New or Likely Cases

Nov. 14, 4:23 p.m.  — Illinois reported slightly more than 11,000 new or probable coronavirus cases Saturday and 166 deaths. The public health department says a delay in data had prevented earlier reporting of 66 of the deaths. Illinois hospitals say they had 5,400 patients with COVID-19 on Friday night, including 9 percent on ventilators. The number of new or probable statewide cases was below Friday’s record-setting 15,415. Gov. J.B. Pritzker is discouraging people from traveling, saying he could step up restrictions if things don’t change. – Associated Press

Two Additional Champaign County Residents Die After Contracting The Coronavirus

Nov. 13, 5:45 p.m. – Today, the Illinois Department of Public Health announced another record-breaking single-day increase in the number of COVID-19 cases: more than 15,000. That’s nearly 3,000 more cases than the previous record set yesterday.

The department also announced 27 additional deaths. Currently, all but six Illinois counties are at the warning level for additional mitigations.

Champaign County health officials announced 157 additional COVID-19 cases in the county today and 2 additional deaths. Currently, there are 643 active cases with six residents hospitalized.

The University of Illinois reported 34 more cases on Thursday. The campus’ seven-day average positivity rate is 0.5%. That rate has been inching downward all week.

Coles County health officials announced one additional death today, bringing the total there to 54. They also announced 61 additional COVID-19 cases. – Dana Cronin, Illinois Newsroom

Illinois Officials Announce Over 15,000 New Cases Of COVID-19

Nov. 13, 1:30 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 15,415 new cases of COVID-19 out of 106,540 new tests conducted in the past 24 hours. Additionally, 27 new deaths were confirmed. Currently, 5,362 people are in hospitals being treated for COVID-19. The average seven-day positivity rate from Nov. 6 through Nov. 12 was 13.2%. The state totals are now 551,957 cases, 10,504 deaths and 8,871,640 tests conducted. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

Coronavirus Cases Mount In Macon, Coles, Vermilion Counties

Nov. 11, 10:40 a.m. – Macon County reported 80 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, and six additional deaths, following the 158 cases and four deaths reported on Tuesday. Macon County has now recorded 81 fatalities linked to COVID-19. The total number of cases in the county has reached 4,794, including 1,505 patients who are currently isolating at home, and 31 who are hospitalized.

Coles County reported 85 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, following the 60 new cases and two deaths reported on Tuesday.  The Coles County Health Department reports 615 patients currently recovering from COVID-19, with 23 current hospitalized. A total of 2,748 COVID-19 have been reported in Coles County since the pandemic began.

Vermilion County reported 45 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases Wednesday, with the number of active cases at 250, and the total number of cases at 2,028. –Jim Meadows, Illinois Newsroom

305 New COVID-19 Cases In Champaign County, With “Many, Many More” Coming

Nov. 11, 2:05 p.m. – Champaign County reported 305 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday, a sharp increase over the numbers reported in recent days. Champaign-Urbana Public Health District administrator Julie Pryde says the high number includes people who had tested positive for the coronavirus over the past couple of days. But she said that “many, many more” cases would soon be announced, as Public Health workers catch up on processing a rising number of cases.

Pryde attributes the increase to pandemic fatigue, as more people meet for social or family gatherings without masks or proper social distancing.

“We still have bars open out there that we’re having to go after, we’re having restaurants open,” said Pryde. “And what happens is people get infected, and they go back to their homes, they infect their families or their household members, who then go back to their schools or their jobs and infect more people.”

Pryde says she knows that people are tired of COVID-19 precautions, but warns that failure to follow them will mean more people becoming infected, especially around Thanksgiving.

“We will see an increase in cases, hospitalizations and deaths due to people gathering at Thanksgiving,” said Pryde. “And that’s going to be tragic, and it’s going to be devastating to people.

The number of active COVID-19 cases in Champaign County also jumped Wednesday, reaching 528 cases, the highest number since the 609 cases reported on November 6. The number of people hospitalized for COVID-19 in Champaign County remains at seven. 37 people have died in COVID-19 related cases in Champaign County, with five deaths reported on Tuesday. – Jim Meadows, Illinois Newsroom

Illinois Officials Announce Over 140 New Deaths Related To COVID-19

Nov. 11, 12:15 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 12,657 new cases of COVID-19 out of 93,464 new tests conducted in the past 24 hours. Additionally, 145 new deaths were confirmed. Currently, 5,042 people are in hospitals being treated for COVID-19. The average seven-day positivity rate from Nov. 4 through Nov. 10 was 12.4%. The state totals are now 523,840 cases, 10,434 deaths and 8,664,483 tests conducted. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

Illinois Sets New Daily COVID-19 Record With More Than 12,600 Cases Reported

Nov. 10, 5:05 p.m. –Illinois broke another new daily COVID-19 record Tuesday reporting 12,623 confirmed and probable cases of the disease. The state also reported 79 additional deaths from the virus. Illinois’ total case count is now 511,183, including 10,289 fatalities. The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity rate for cases is 12%. 

Five more people in Champaign County have died from COVID-19 since Monday. The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District is now reporting a total of 37 deaths from the virus. Cases countywide now total 7,144, including 350 cases that are currently active. 

The University of Illinois’ Urbana campus is urging all faculty and staff to increase testing from once to twice per week due to a surge in cases among campus employees. The U of I is also urging its staff to work from home if possible and participate in only essential activities for the next three weeks. According to a release from the U of I, the seven-day positivity rate for U of I faculty and staff tripled to 0.72% last Friday, which was slightly higher than the rate for undergraduates. U of I officials say the increase is due to a surge in cases across the region, and that it is not due to classroom or on-the-job transmission. They say spread is likely originating in households and through social contacts. 

 The U of I reported 76 new cases of the virus Monday for a total case count of 3,494. The campus’ seven-day positivity rate is 0.61%. – Lee Gaines, Illinois Newsroom

Illinois Daily COVID-19 Cases Continue To Surpass 10,000

Nov. 9, 4:20 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) reported 10,573 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, and an additional 14 deaths. The state has now seen 10,210 deaths since the pandemic began. The seven-day statewide positivity rate is now 11.4%. On Monday, Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced he would implement Tier 2 mitigations in Regions 5, 7 and 8 this week. That includes Southern Illinois, Will and Kankakee counties, and Kane and DuPage counties.

Champaign County announced 40 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, for a total of more than 7,100. Currently, there are 420 active cases of the virus and 32 total deaths. The University of Illinois Urbana campus reported 29 new cases, with the seven-day positivity rate now at 0.6%. And Macon County reported 80 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, for a total of 4,558. – Lecia Bushak, Illinois Newsroom

37 Springfield Firefighters In Quarantine After Outbreak

Nov. 9, 4:00 p.m. – The Springfield Fire Department reports 37 of its firefighters are currently in quarantine after being exposed to COVID-19. In a statement released today, the department also said 12 firefighters have tested positive, including Chief Allen Reyne. The department says the firefighters came into contact with an infected individual who was asymptomatic at an off-site  gathering. According to the department, the outbreak will not affect operations. There are a total of 214 Springfield firefighters. – Reginald Hardwick, Illinois Newsroom

Southern Illinois Federal Trials Canceled Due To COVID-19

Nov. 9, 3:22 p.m. — The coronavirus pandemic has led to federal civil and criminal trials in southern Illinois being canceled through Jan. 24. U.S. District Judge Nancy J. Rosenstengel issued an order Thursday canceling the trials due to a recent increase in COVID-19 infections in southern Illinois. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the order also says clerks’ offices will be closed until local conditions improve. Drop boxes for filings will be available, and the ability to electronically file documents is unchanged. The order says court officials will be discouraging in-person proceedings and encouraging teleconferencing and videoconferencing, and employees will telework whenever possible. – Associated Press

Illinois Officials Announce Over 10,000 New Cases of COVID-19

Nov. 6, 1:15 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is also reporting 10,573 new cases of COVID-19 out of 64,760 new tests conducted in the past 24 hours. Additionally, 14 new deaths were confirmed. Currently, 4,409 people are in hospitals being treated for COVID-19. The average seven-day positivity rate from Nov. 2 through Nov. 8 was 11.4%. The state totals are now 498,560 cases, 10,210 deaths and 8,469,064 tests conducted. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

Another Day Of 10,000+ COVID-19 Cases In Illinois

Nov. 8, 10:25 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 10,009 new COVID-19 cases Sunday, both confirmed and probable. In addition, IDPH recorded 42 additional deaths related to the coronavirus, including two in Champaign County, two in Macon County and one each in Moultrie and Vermilion Counties. The seven-day case positivity rate stands at 10.6%, up from Saturday’s 10.3%.

Champaign County reported 96 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, and one new death for a total of 32. The number of active cases is at 483, the second day that active cases have been below 500 in more than a week. Six people are hospitalized.

Vermilion County reported 25 new COVID-19 cases Sunday, for a total of 1,913 cases, and 14 deaths. The county has 231 active cases, including 21 hospitalizations.

Macon County reported 150 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, and two deaths: a woman in her 90s and a woman in her 80s. The total number of COVID-19 deaths in Macon County is now at 71.

Coles County reported 24 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, and the county’s 48th death. The county currently has 466 active cases, with 20 people currently hospitalized.

Douglas County reported 20 new cases Sunday, for a total of 1,027 confirmed cases and eleven deaths.

The University of Illinois Urbana campus reported 21 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, for a one-day positivity rate of 0.52% and a seven-day rate of 0.60%. – Jim Meadows, Illinois Newsroom

New Coronavirus Deaths In Champaign, Macon Counties

Nov. 7, 10:00 p.m. – Champaign and Macon County each reported two new fatalities related to COVID-19 Saturday. In Macon County, the coronavirus was blamed for the deaths of a woman in her 90s, and a man in his 70s. Champaign County reported 34 new COVID-19 cases Saturday, while Macon County reported 119 new cases.

Vermilion County reported 34 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Saturday. The Vermilion County Health Department says the number of active cases in the county is currently 230, with 21 of them hospitalized.

Coles County reported 60 new cases, bringing the number of total cases to 2,533, with 446 currently recovering and 17 hospitalized.

Douglas County reported 14 new COVID-19 cases Saturday, bringing the total number of cases to 1,007.

The University of Illinois Urbana campus reported 48 new COVID-19 cases Friday out of 10,429 tests conducted. Friday’s case positivity rate for the campus was at 0.46%, while the campus’ seven-day average positivity rate was at 0.59%. – Jim Meadows, Illinois Newsroom.

After Possible Exposure, Pritzker Tests Negative For COVID-19 

Nov. 7, 1:43 p.m. – Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has tested negative for the COVID-19 virus after learning he may have been exposed during a meeting to someone who tested positive for the coronavirus. The governor’s office says Saturday that members of Pritzker’s staff who attended the meeting Monday also tested negative for the virus. Pritzker had self-isolated Friday while awaiting test results. Meanwhile, 12,438 newly confirmed and probable cases of the virus and another 76 deaths were reported Saturday by the Illinois Department of Public Health. More than 10,370 new cases and 49 deaths were reported Friday. – Associated Press

Illinois Sets New Record For COVID-19 Cases

Nov. 7, 1:05 p.m. — Illinois’ case positivity rate for COVID-19 continues to grow, as public health officials reported 12,438 new confirmed and probable cases Saturday. That number is a record for cases reported in one day, breaking the previous record of 10,376 set on Friday.

Illinois’ seven-day case positivity rate for October 31 to November 6 is at 10.3%, compared to 3.5% for the same period a month ago.

76 additional deaths related to the coronavirus were also reported in Illinois, including deaths in Champaign, Macon, McLean and Vermilion Counties. – Jim Meadows, Illinois Newsroom

Governor J.B. Pritzker In Quarantine After Potential COVID-19 Exposure

Nov. 6, 6:46 p.m. – The Governors Office was notified this afternoon of a potential exposure to COVID-19. The exposure was the result of an external meeting with Governor Pritzker that took place on Monday. Pritzker is isolating and awaiting test results.

Illinois’ Region 6 – which includes Champaign County – is now reporting a seven-day average positivity rate of 10%. That excludes testing data from the University of Illinois. Champaign County’s positivity rate is 6.9%, excluding U of I.

Champaign County Health officials reported 110 new COVID-19 cases today. Currently, there are 609 active cases in the county with seven people hospitalized.

The University of Illinois reported 60 new cases yesterday, bringing the campus’ seven-day average positivity rate to 0.67%. That rate has been higher this week than anytime in the past month.

DeWitt and Piatt County health officials announced two more deaths in their respective counties. That means seven people in total have died in DeWitt County from COVID-19, and four people have died in Piatt county.

There are currently 75 counties across Illinois and Chicago at the warning level for coronavirus infections, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health. – Dana Cronin, Illinois Newsroom

Illinois Officials Announce Over 10,000 New Cases of COVID-19

Nov. 6, 1:15 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is also reporting 10,376 new cases of COVID-19 out of 98,401 new tests conducted in the past 24 hours. Additionally, 49 new deaths were confirmed. Currently, 4,090 people are in hospitals being treated for COVID-19. The average seven-day positivity rate from Oct. 30 through Nov. 5 was 9.6%. The state totals are now 4465,540 cases, 10,79 deaths and 8,215,129 tests conducted. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

State: COVID-19 Has Killed More Than 10,000 Illinoisans

171 New COVID-19 Cases In Champaign County

Nov. 4, 1:17 p.m. – Champaign County reported 171 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday, bringing the total number of cases in the county to 6,789. The number of currently active cases in Champaign County rose to 609, the highest number since the 738 active cases reported on September 11th. Six COVID-19 patients are currently hospitalized.

The University of Illinois Urbana campus reported 40 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday. The number of news cases was down from Monday’s spike of 82. The case positivity rate on campus stood at 0.67.

Eastern Illinois University in Charleston reported 15 new COVID-19 cases last week (October 25 to 31). That puts the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases on the EIU campus at 382. 345 of those cases were among students, while rest were university employees. – Jim Meadows, Illinois Newsroom

Illinois Officials Conduct Over 8 Million COVID-19 Tests

Nov. 4, 12:15 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is also reporting 7,538 new cases of COVID-19 out of 71,857 new tests conducted in the past 24 hours. Additionally, 55 new deaths were confirmed. Currently, 3,761 people are in hospitals being treated for COVID-19. The average seven-day positivity rate from Oct. 28 through Nov. 3 was 8.5%. The state totals are now 437,556 cases, 9,933 deaths and 8,030,713 tests conducted. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

Illinois Officials Announce 6,222 New COVID-19 Cases

Nov. 2, 1:15 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is also reporting 6,222 new cases of COVID-19 out of 68,118 new tests conducted in the past 24 hours. Additionally, 20 new deaths were confirmed. Currently, 3,371 people are in hospitals being treated for COVID-19. The average seven-day positivity rate from Oct. 26 through Nov. 1 was 8.1%. The state totals are now 423,502 cases, 9,810 deaths and 7,876,421 tests conducted. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

Illinois Reports Nearly 7,000 New Cases Of COVID-19, Pritzker Imposes Mitigation In Region 2

Nov. 1, 7:30 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 6,980 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, including 35 additional deaths from the illness. There are now 417,280 cases of COVID-19 statewide, including 9,792 fatalities attributed to the virus.

The state’s preliminary seven-day positivity rate for cases as a percent of total tests conducted is at 8%.  IDPH is also reporting, as of last Thursday, the state’s seven-day test positivity rate — a measure of positive tests over total tests conducted — which now stands at 9.4%. 

Gov. J-B Pritzker also announced Sunday that COVID-19 mitigation measures would take effect beginning Wednesday in Region 2, which includes Bloomington, Peoria, and the Quad Cities. Mitigation measures take effect Monday in Region 6, which includes east-Central Illinois. Those measures include banning indoor service at bars and restaurants, curfews on outdoor service, and limiting gatherings to 25 people, or 25 percent of room capacity.

In the press release sent out Sunday, Pritzker says his administration would support small businesses impacted by the pandemic. He says the state has already distributed $55.7 million in emergency grants and assistance to Region 2, and will prioritize the area as well as other regions under mitigations measures for the current round of Business Interruption Grants (BIG) program.

The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District reported 168 new cases of COVID-19 between Saturday and Sunday. There are 527 active COVID-19 cases in the county, including seven people who are hospitalized with the virus. The death toll in Champaign County stands at 28.

On Saturday, the DeWitt-Piatt bi-county public health department reported 24 new cases of COVID-19 in DeWitt County since last Wednesday, for a total case count of 370. They reported 22 new cases of the virus in Piatt County since last Wednesday for a total of 300 cases. – Lee Gaines, Illinois Newsroom

Illinois Public Health Officials Report Nearly 7,900 New Cases Of COVID-19

Oct 31, 3 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 7,899 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, including 46 additional deaths from the illness.There are now 410,300 cases of coronavirus statewide, including 9,757 fatalities. IDPH reported more than 92,000 tests for the virus in the last 24 hours. 

The seven-day statewide positivity rate — a measure of positive cases over total tests — is 7.5%. IDPH is also reported, as of last Thursday, the state’s seven-day test positivity rate — a measure of positive tests over total tests — which now stands at 9%. 

State officials said in a press release that case positivity helps health experts and policymakers understand whether the number of confirmed cases is a result of more infections or more testing, while test positivity describes repeated testing, and sheds light on how the virus spreads in a population over time.

The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District reported 68 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday. Active cases in the county fell slightly since Friday from 506 to 501. Total fatalities in the county stand at 28.

Coles County health officials reported seven news cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, for a total case count of 2,233, including 10 people who are hospitalized with the virus. Total deaths in the county stand at 40. Coles County is reporting a seven-day rolling average test positivity rate of 11%. 

COVID-19 mitigation measures will take effect in Region 6, which includes both Coles and Champaign Counties, on Monday. Bars and restaurants will not be allowed to serve patrons indoors, and they must operate under 11 p.m. curfew on outdoor service. Gatherings will be limited to 25 people. – Lee Gaines, Illinois Newsroom

High Positivity Rates Trigger Tougher Limits On Restaurants, Bars In East Central Illinois 

Oct. 30, 5:35 p.m. – East-central Illinois restaurants and bars will have to operate under increased limitations, starting Monday, Nov. 2nd. That’s the starting date for COVID-19 resurgence mitigations announced for Region 6 by Governor Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health. The 21-county region includes Champaign, Macon and Vermilion Counties. The limits include a ban on indoor service at restaurants and bars, an 11 p.m. curfew on outdoor service, and caps on gatherings at no more than 25 people (schools and polling places are exempt). The mitigations were announced after Region 6 sustained a 7-day average positivity rate of 8% or higher for three days in a row (the latest report was 8.6%). The mitigations can be lifted if Region 6 can report positivity rate averages of 6.5% or lower for three days in a row. – Jim Meadows, Illinois Newsroom

Active COVID-19 Cases In Champaign County At 7-Week High

Oct. 30, 10:52 p.m. – Champaign County reported 79 new COVID-19 cases on Friday. The number of active cases is now 506, up 33 from the day before, and the highest level since September 12.

The University of Illinois Urbana campus reported 27 new COVID-19 cases for Thursday, October 29. The campus’ case positivity rate for that day at 0.3%, while the rolling seven-day rate was 0.40%.

Macon County reported 174 new COVID-19 cases, and the death of a man in his 70s, the county’s 59th death from the coronavirus. 

Coles County reported 60 new COVID-19 cases. Active cases are at 353, with ten currently hospitalized. 

Vermilion County reported 33 new cases, with 178 cases currently active.

49 Illinois counties are currently listed at Warning Level for COVID-19 indicators. They include Coles, Douglas, Ford and Macon Counties in east-central Illinois.

Officials in Champaign, Urbana, Savoy and Rantoul are asking resident to continue supporting local restaurants and bars, even as their service is curtailed by additional COVID-19 mitigation efforts. Those include a ban on indoor dining and bar service. State Public Health officials announced the mitigations, effective Monday, for businesses in Region 6, which covers 21 counties east-central Illinois, including  Champaign, Macon and Vermilion. – Jim Meadows, Illinois Newsroom; updated to add Coles, Macon and Vermilion County cases 

Illinois Officials Conduct Over 95,000 New COVID-19 Tests

Oct. 30, 12:45 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is also reporting 6,943 new cases of COVID-19 out of 95,111 new tests conducted in the past 24 hours. Additionally, 36 new deaths were confirmed. Currently, 3,092 people are in hospitals being treated for COVID-19. The average seven-day positivity rate from Oct. 23 through Oct. 29 was 7.3%. The state totals are now 402,401 cases, 9,711 deaths and 7,637,209 tests conducted. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

Region 6 Could See Increased Mitigation; No Announcement Yet

Oct. 29, 5:20 p.m. – The COVID-19 positivity rate rose above 8% this week in Region 6 — which includes Champaign plus 20 other counties in east-central Illinois. A seven-day average positivity rate of 8.5% is one of the benchmarks set by the state to trigger additional mitigations — such as stricter capacity limits on gatherings and a ban on indoor dining. C-U Public Health Administrator Julie Pryde says she hasn’t heard anything from the state yet but wouldn’t be surprised if the governor makes an announcement soon.

In Champaign County, the positivity rate for coronavirus testing — excluding data from the University of Illinois  — is about 7%. Pryde says local spread of the virus is not being driven by U of I students. Rather, she says the virus is spreading in gatherings — large and small — where people are not wearing masks or practicing social distancing. – Christine Herman, Illinois Newsroom

State Sees Record-Breaking Single-Day Case Increase Since Start Of Pandemic

Oct. 29, 5:03 p.m. – State health officials announced 6,363 additional COVID-19 cases today, shattering the record for the highest single-day increase since the start of the pandemic. Officials also announced 56 additional deaths in the state – bringing the total loss of life to 9,675.

Governor J.B. Pritzker announce additional mitigation efforts in Region 3 today – which includes Springfield and much of west-central Illinois.

In Champaign County, 75 additional COVID-19 cases were announced. There are a total of 473 active cases in the county and six people are hospitalized. Region 6 – which includes Champaign County – is at risk of experiencing additional mitigation efforts with a positivity rate above 8%.

Yesterday, University of Illinois officials announced 34 new cases. The campus’ seven-day rolling positivity rate is 0.35%.

Coles County saw an increase of 40 cases today. The county currently has a 10% positivity rate, and 16 people there are hospitalized. – Dana Cronin, Illinois Newsroom

Illinois Public Health Officials Report Over 6,100 New Cases Of COVID-19

Oct. 28, 12:15 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is also reporting 6,110 new cases of COVID-19 out of 70,752 new tests conducted in the past 24 hours. Additionally, 51 new deaths were confirmed. Currently, 2,861 people are in hospitals being treated for COVID-19. The average seven-day positivity rate from Oct. 21 through Oct. 27 was 6.7%. The state totals are now 389,095 cases, 9,619 deaths and 7,459,042 tests conducted. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

Average Daily COVID-19 Cases In Illinois Rise By 88% In Last Three Weeks

Oct. 26, 4:45 p.m. – COVID-19 cases in Illinois continue to rise. Average daily case numbers have increased by nearly 88% in the last three weeks. On Monday, Gov. J.B. Pritzker also announced that further mitigation efforts will be put in place in Region 4—which includes Metro East—and Region 10, which includes suburban Cook County, due to an increase in cases.

Champaign County reported 42 new COVID-19 cases Monday. That brings the county’s total case count to 5,981. Currently, there are more than 300 active cases and seven people are hospitalized. Vermilion County reported 21 new COVID-19 cases Monday, for a total of more than 1,500 cases. – Lecia Bushak, Illinois Newsroom

Illinois Public Officials Report Over 4,700 New Cases Of COVID-19

Oct. 26, 1:50 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is also reporting 4,729 new cases of COVID-19 out of 57,264 tests conducted in the past 24 hours. Additionally, 17 new deaths were confirmed. Currently, 2,638 people are in hospitals being treated for COVID-19. The average seven-day positivity rate from Oct. 19 through Oct. 25 was 6.3%. The state totals are now 378,985 cases, 9,522 deaths and 7,326,216 tests conducted. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

Illinois Reports More Than 4,000 New Confirmed Virus Cases

Oct. 25, 1:20 p.m. — Illinois health officials are reporting more than 4,000 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 24 additional deaths. The state’s Department of Public Health reported a 6.1% positive testing rate over the past seven days. Labs reported 72,097 tests over 24 hours with 4,062 positive cases. Since the pandemic began, 9,505 in Illinois have died from COVID-19. Overall, there have been 374,256 positive cases. The data comes after the state announced a one-day record for new confirmed cases. State officials have pleaded with Illinois residents to wear face coverings and take other safety precautions. – Associated Press

51 Counties At A Warning Level For The Coronavirus In Illinois

Oct. 23, 5 p.m. – Illinois health officials reported 3,874 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 Friday. The average number of new daily cases has doubled in the last three weeks, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, compiled by NPR. Officials also reported 31 additional deaths from the virus, for a total of 9,418. The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity rate is 5.6% — up from about 3% earlier this month. Macon, Vermilion, Douglas, Ford and Moultrie counties are among the 51 Illinois counties currently at a warning level for the coronavirus. – Christine Herman, Illinois Newsroom

Illinois Public Officials Report Over 4,342 New Cases Of COVID-19

Oct. 21, 12:30 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is also reporting 4,342 new cases of COVID-19 out of 66,791 tests conducted in the past 24 hours. Additionally, 69 new deaths are confirmed. Currently, 2,338 people are in hospitals being treated for COVID-19. The average seven-day positivity rate from Oct. 14 through Oct. 20 was 5.7%. The state totals are now 355,217 cases, 9,345 deaths and 6,950,105 tests conducted. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

More COVID-19 Cases At Champaign County Jail; Three Deaths In Macon County

Oct. 20, 9:29 p.m. – Champaign County reported six COVID-19 cases Tuesday, the lowest daily number in weeks. The six cases include one inmate at the Champaign County Jail. But there are five additional cases among jail inmates that may still be awaiting official counting.

Champaign County Sheriff Dustin Heuerman says new inmates spend 14 days in a transitional quarantine section of the satellite jail before joining the rest of the jail population. Those who test positive for COVID-19 are isolated further. Heuerman says an inmate who tested positive while hospitalized for a medical procedure apparently infected four other quarantined inmates. A sixth inmate showed symptoms of COVID-19 when first brought to the jail, and then tested positive. Heuerman says inmates who test positive are isolated further and care for by the jail’s medical staff.

Macon County reported 74 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday and three deaths — two men, in their 70s and 80s respectively, and a woman in her 80s. A total of 51 people have died from COVID-19 in Macon County. 1,377 patients are currently isolating at home, and 31 are hospitalized.

Vermilion County reported 21 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday.

Coles County reported ten new cases on Tuesday for a total of 1,871 cases. 178 are currently recovering and nine are hospitalized. – Jim Meadows, Illinois Newsroom

Chicago adds 5 states to travel quarantine amid virus spike

Oct. 20, 5:21 p.m. — Chicago has added five states to its quarantine order amid concerns about the rising number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations across Illinois. On Tuesday, the city announced that beginning Friday travelers from Ohio, Delaware, Colorado, West Virginia and Texas will be subject to a two-week quarantine requirement. And Mayor Lori Lightfoot says she’s considering stricter guidelines for businesses that were put in place earlier this year and subsequently lifted. Gov. J.B. Pritzker imposed restrictions on bars and restaurants for two more regions of the state Tuesday, noting that there were 3,714 new known COVID-19 cases and 41 additional deaths.

October 19, 2020 map showing quarantine requirements for travelers to Chicago City of Chicago

Illinois Officials Report Over 3,100 New Cases Of COVID-19

Oct. 19, 1:15 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is also reporting 3,113 new cases of COVID-19 out of 48,684 tests conducted in the past 24 hours. Additionally, 22 new deaths are confirmed. Currently, 2,096 people are in hospitals being treated for COVID-19. The average seven-day positivity rate from Oct. 12 through Oct. 18 was 5.4%. The state totals are now 347,161 cases, 9,236 deaths and 6,824,237 tests conducted. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

Pritzker Says Trump Partly To Blame For COVID-19 Spike

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D-IL)

Oct. 19 12:00 a.m. — Gov. J.B. Pritzker says President Donald Trump and his allies in Illinois are partly to blame for the surge in coronavirus cases in the state. Pritzker spoke Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union,” the same day health officials announced 4,245 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 22 deaths. Pritzker says that Trump is “modeling bad behavior” by not often wearing a mask in public and hosting rallies where it’s not encouraged. The first-term Democrat says Trump’s local allies are encouraging people not to follow COVID-19 restrictions. Illinois set a new record-high for cases on Friday.  – Associated Press

State Sees 7,800+ New COVID-19 Cases Over The Weekend

Oct. 18, 11:05 p.m. – Over the weekend, Macon County saw an increase of 149 cases over the weekend, bringing the total there to 2,525. 29 people there are hospitalized with the virus, and 48 have died.

In Coles County, officials announced an additional 31 COVID-19 cases over the weekend. There have now been a total of 1,845 cases there. Currently, 10 people are hospitalized and 38 have died.

The Illinois Department of Health announced 7,874 additional cases across the state over the weekend, and 49 more deaths. That brings the statewide total to 344,048 cases and 9,214 deaths. – Dana Cronin, Illinois Newsroom

Statewide Positivity Rate Continues Inching Up

Oct. 16, 4:58 p.m. – Champaign County health officials announced 81 new COVID-19 cases today – the highest single-day increase in the last week. They also announced one additional death, bringing the county’s total to 28. There have been a total of 5,505 cases in the county so far, with 364 currently active.

Coles County saw an uptick of 39 COVID-19 cases today, bringing the county’s total to 1,814. Three people are currently hospitalized and 38 have died.

The Illinois Department of Public Health announced 4,554 COVID-19 cases today – the highest one-day case total since the pandemic began. The seven-day statewide positivity rate has increased to 5.1%, up from 4.9% yesterday.

There are currently 34 counties in Illinois at the warning level – including Dewitt, Macon and Vermilion counties. Coles County has been downgraded, and is no longer at the warning level. – Dana Cronin, Illinois Newsroom

Illinois Officials Report 34 Counties At Warning Level

Oct. 16, 1:45 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting the following counties are at warning level: Adams, Alexander, Boone, Cass, Christian, Clay, Clinton, Crawford, DeKalb, DeWitt, Jasper, Jefferson, Jo Daviess, Johnson, Kane, Lee, Macon, McDonough, McHenry Mercer, Monroe, Pike, Pulaski, Randolph, Saline, Stephenson, Union, Vermilion, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Whiteside, Will and Winnebago.

A county is put at warning level when at least two of the following occur: 50 new cases per 100,000 people, the number of reported deaths increases over 20% for two consecutive weeks, the seven-day positivity rate rises about 8% and weekly hospital admissions increases over 20% for two consecutive weeks.

The state is also reporting 4,554 new cases of COVID-19 out of 87,759 tests conducted in the past 24 hours, the highest one-day case total. Additionally, 38 new deaths are confirmed. Currently, 2,016 people are in hospitals being treated for COVID-19. The average seven-day positivity rate from Oct. 9 through Oct. 15 was 5.1%. The state totals are now 336,174 cases, 9,165 deaths and 6,618,768 tests conducted. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

Illinois Officials Adjust How Region 6 Data Will Be Reported

Oct. 14, 12:45 p.m. – Illinois Department of Public Health officials are changing how data is reported in Illinois Region 6, which is east central Illinois and includes Champaign County. Data from Champaign County will be included in Region 6 data, however, data from the University of Illinois will reported separately. This will allow the IDPH to better identify testing needs and trends in the region.

Officials are also reporting 2,862 new cases of COVID-19 out of 52,669 tests conducted in the past 24 hours. Currently, 1,974 people are being hospitalized for the virus. Additionally, 49 new deaths have been confirmed. The average seven-day positivity rate from Oct. 7 through Oct. 13 was 4.6%. The state’s totals are now 327,605 cases, 9,074 deaths and 6,463,923 tests conducted. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

Illinois Surpasses 9,000 COVID-19 Deaths

Oct. 13, 5 p.m. – Illinois reported 2,851 new COVID-19 cases today. An additional 29 deaths from the virus brings the statewide total to more than 9,000. The seven-day positivity rate for the state is at 4.5%, up nearly a full percentage point from a week ago. Champaign County reported 43 new COVID-19 cases with 306 active cases in the county, continuing a decline since Friday. Macon County reported 35 new COVID-19 cases, while Vermilion County reported 17. Coles County reported 19 new COVID-19 cases and one additional death for a total of 37. – Christine Herman, Illinois Newsroom

New COVID-19 Cases Reported In Champaign, Coles, Douglas Counties

Oct. 12, 9:30 p.m. – Champaign County reported ten new COVID-19 cases Monday. The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District reports 315 active cases in the county, continuing a decline since Friday.

Coles County reported nine new COVID-19 cases Monday. Coles is one of 26 Illinois counties currently posted at a warning level by the Illinois Department of Public Health, due to factors such as a sustained high positivity rate, and substantial increases in cases reported week to week.

Vermilion County is also on the state’s warning list. Vermilion County reported 35 new COVID-19 cases Monday. The county currently has 250 active cases, out 1,095 total cases since the outbreak began.

Douglas County reported its 9th death from COVID-19, and 18 new cases Monday, for a total of 398 confirmed cases.  The Douglas County Health Department says 82 of those cases were reported over the past 14 days.

Piatt County reported four new COVID-19 cases Monday, while DeWitt County reported eleven, all of them in Clinton.

The University of Illinois Urbana campus reported eight unique new COVID-19 cases on Sunday. Because students and staff on campus are tested frequently, the U of I reports cases in individuals testing positive for the coronavirus for the first time, calling them unique new cases.  – Jim Meadows, Illinois Newsroom; correcting Douglas County numbers: the five cases reported in an earlier version were confirmed on Sunday, not Monday. 

Illinois Officials Report Over 2,700 New Cases Of COVID-19

Oct. 12, 2:15 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 2,742 new cases of COVID-19 out of 47,579 tests conducted in the past 24 hours. Currently, 1,764 people in the state are being hospitalized for the virus. The state is also reporting 13 new deaths related to COVID-19. The average seven-day positivity rate from Oct. 5 through Oct. 11 was 4.3%. The state totals are now 321,892 cases, 8,997 deaths and 6,355,261 tests conducted. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

Illinois Seven-Day Positivity Rate Rises To 4% For First Time In A Month

Oct. 11, 8:30 p.m. – Illinois’ daily COVID-19 cases have increased by 20% in the last three weeks after a slight plateau in September. On Saturday, the statewide seven-day positivity rate rose to 4% for the first time in a month. State public health officials reported more than 5,600 new COVID-19 cases since Friday, bringing Illinois’ total number of cases to more than 319,000. 39 additional deaths over the weekend brings the state’s total fatalities to more than 8,900.

Champaign County saw 91 new COVID-19 cases since Friday. The county’s total death count stands at 27, with 351 active cases. Four people are currently hospitalized with the disease. The University of Illinois Urbana campus reported 21 new COVID-19 cases over the weekend. The single-day positivity rate dipped to a new low of 0.1% from testing data collected on Friday before increasing to 0.31% on Saturday. The rolling seven-day positivity rate is at 0.24%. In Coles County, public health officials announced 17 new COVID-19 cases over the weekend, for a total of more than 1,700. Macon County reported 131 new cases since Friday, for a total of more than 2,000 cases. And Vermilion County reported 27 new COVID-19 cases since Friday, for a total of more than 1,000. – Lecia Bushak, Illinois Newsroom

Champaign County Sees Highest Single-Day Case Increase In Three Weeks

Oct. 9, 5:05 p.m. – Today, the Champaign County Public Health Department announced 84 new COVID-19 cases – the most single-day increase in the last three weeks. There are currently 378 active and isolated cases, and two people are hospitalized.

In total, Champaign County has seen 5,187 coronavirus cases and 27 residents have died.

Officials in Macon County announced an additional death in that county today – a male in his 80’s. That brings the total number of deaths there to 48. The county has seen a total of 1,917 cases.

Coles County health officials announced 22 additional cases today, bringing that county’s total to 1,695. Four Coles County residents are currently hospitalized, and 36 have died.

The state health department announced 2,818 additional COVID-19 cases today, including 35 more deaths. That brings the statewide total to 313,518 cases and 8,945 deaths. The seven-day statewide positivity rate is currently 3.8%.

Governor Pritzker’s office announced today that the Metro East region will return to Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan today at 5 pm, after lowering it’s positivity rate to 5.8%.

Both Coles and Vermilion counties remain at the warning level. – Dana Cronin, Illinois Newsroom

Illinois Officials: 26 Counties Are At Warning Level

Oct. 9, 1:15 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting that 26 counties throughout the state are at a warning level for COVID-19.

The 26 counties are: Case, Christian, Clay, Clinton, Coles, Crawford, Effingham, Fayette, Henderson, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Knox, Lake, Lee, Mason, Massac, Pulaski, Richland, Saline, Shelby, Union, Vermillion, Whiteside, Winnebago and Warren.

Some of the factors that determine if a county is at a warning level are: 50 new cases per 100,000 people, weekly number of deaths increases over 20% for two weeks, and a 7-day positivity rate over 8%.

IDPH is also reporting 2,818 new cases of COVID-19 out of 71,599 new tests conducted in the past 24 hours. Additionally, 35 new deaths are reported. Currently, 1,812 people are reported in hospitals with COVID-19. The 7-day average positivity rating from Oct. 2 to Oct. 8 was 3.8%. The state totals are now 313,518 cases, 8,945 deaths and 6,177,379 tests conducted. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

Five Additional COVID-19 Deaths Reported In Champaign County In The Past Week

Oct. 8, 4 p.m. — Champaign County health officials reported five additional deaths from COVID-19 — including a male in his 30s and four females in their 80s and 90s — for the week of Oct. 1 through 8. In addition, 32 new COVID-19 cases were reported today; 332 cases are currently active in the county, with two people hospitalized.

Vermilion County reported 34 new COVID-19 cases today; the number of active cases stands at 221, with nine people hospitalized. Coles County reported one additional death and 19 newly confirmed cases of the coronavirus. Five of the county’s 131 active cases are hospitalized.

State public officials reported m3,059 new COVID-19 cases in Illinois today and 32 additional deaths. The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus now stands at 310,700. The state’s preliminary seven-day positivity rate is 3.7%. – Christine Herman, Illinois Newsroom

Test Report For Election Judge Closes Early Voting Center For An Hour

Oct. 7, 10:55 p.m. — The early voting facility at the Champaign County Brookens Center in Urbana was closed for about an hour Wednesday morning, after an election judge learned they had tested positive for COVID-19.

The Brookens gymnasium where early voting is conducted was closed for sanitizing and cleaning, and reopened around 11:30 A.M.

Chief Deputy Clerk Angela Patton says the early voting center already had several coronavirus safety precautions in place, including Plexiglas shields, social distancing between judges and voters, and the use of masks, disinfectants and hand sanitizer.

Patton says Champaign-Urbana Public Health District administrator Julie Pryde told her the risk of spreading the coronavirus was very low, as long as the election judge was wearing a mask, and interaction with each voter was brief.

The early voting center at Brookens will continue to operate on weekdays from 8:30 to 4:30. Patton says voters should wear a mask, use hand sanitizer, observe social distancing practices, and stay away if they have symptoms of COVID-19.  – Jim Meadows/Illinois Newsroom

35th COVID Death Reported In Coles County

Oct. 7, 10:52 p.m. – Coles County recorded its 35th death related to COVID-19 Wednesday, along with 19 newly confirmed cases of the coronavirus.

Meanwhile, Champaign County reported 33 new COVID-19 cases. The total number of active cases has declined for the second day in a row, at 347.

The University of Illinois Urbana campus reported 25 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday. Data from tests conducted on Tuesday show a positivity rate of 0.24%, and a rolling seven-day positivity rate of 0.28%. The latter number matched its lowest level since students returned to campus in August.

Vermilion County reported 34 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday. The number of active cases has risen to 242.

Macon County reported 49 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday, with more than 600 cases currently active.

Moultrie and Douglas Counties each reported three new COVID-19 cases. Moultrie County has had a total of 247 cases, while the total in the more populous Douglas County is 360. – Jim Meadows & Brian Moline/Illinois Newsroom

Illinois Surpasses 6 Million COVID-19 Tests Conducted

Oct. 7, 12:15 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 2,630 new cases of COVID-19 out of 58,820 new tests conducted in the past 24 hours. These new tests bring the state’s total tests conducted to 6,003,289. Additionally, the state is reporting 42 new deaths related to COVID-19, bring the rest of the totals to 307,641 cases and 8,878 deaths. The average seven-day positivity rate from Sept. 30 to Oct. 6 was 3.5%. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

Two More Coles County Residents Die After Contracting The Coronavirus

Oct. 5, 4:54 p.m. – Champaign County health officials announced 62 new COVID-19 cases today, with the county’s total now at 5,003. There are 375 active cases, just slightly more than yesterday. Six people are currently hospitalized with the virus, and in total, 23 Champaign County residents have died. Three of those deaths were reported within the last week.

Four additional cases were announced in DeWitt County, and eight new cases in Piatt County. Cases in both DeWitt and Piatt Counties are still spiking, and officials there are encouraging the “three w’s:” wash your hands, watch your distance and wear a mask.

Coles County health officials are reporting two more residents there have died after contracting the virus. 34 Coles County residents have died in total.

In Macon County, 10 more people have tested positive for the virus. The total there has now reached 1,753 and 47 residents have died. – Dana Cronin, Illinois Newsroom

Over 1,800 New Cases Of COVID-19 Confirmed In Illinois

Oct. 5, 1:15 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 1,853 new cases of COVID-19 out of 38,538 new tests conducted in the past 24 hours. The average seven-day positivity rate from Sept. 28 to Oct. 4 was 3.4%. The state is also reporting 14 new deaths related to COVID-19. These additions bring the state’s totals ot 303,394 cases, 8,805 deaths and 5,924,956 tests conducted. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

Decrease In Active COVID-19 Cases In Champaign County On Sunday

Oct. 5, 1:00 a.m. – The number of active COVID-19 cases in Champaign County dropped to 360 on Sunday, ending ten days of steady increases.  The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District reported 28 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, for a total of 4,941 cases since the pandemic began.

Macon County reported 16 new cases on Sunday, for a total of 1,743 cases. Macon County health officials say 665 cases are currently active (a decrease of five from Saturday), with eight patients hospitalized.

Coles County reported two new COVID-19 cases Sunday, for a total of 1,617. The number of active cases in the county decreased, to 139, with nine patients hospitalized.

Vermilion County reported 12 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday. There have been a total of 809 cases in the county, including 176 which are currently active.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 1,453 new cases of the coronavirus in the state on Sunday, with 48 additional deaths. IDPH says the total number of cases since the pandemic began is 300,088, with 8,774 confirmed deaths from the coronavirus. – Jim Meadows, Illinois Newsroom

Active COVID-19 Cases Top 400 In Champaign County

Oct. 3, 7:15 p.m. – There were 72 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in Champaign County Saturday, according to the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District. 406 cases are currently active, including six who are hospitalized. That number continues a steady increase in active cases in the county over the last ten days. No additional deaths were reported Saturday, after three coronavirus deaths were reported earlier in the week.

Vermilion County reported 44 new COVID-19 cases. The Vermilion County Health Department says the number of active cases in the county has risen to 164.

Macon County reported 33 new COVID-19 cases. 670 cases are currently active, with 662 patients staying isolated at home, and eight hospitalized.

Coles County reported seven new cases of COVID-19. The county has 155 active cases, including ten who are hospitalized.

Across the state, the Illinois Department of Public Health reported 2,442 new cases of COVID-19 Saturday, along with 31 deaths from the virus. – Jim Meadows, Illinois Newsroom

Champaign County Reports 23rd COVID-19 Death

Oct. 2, 4:40 p.m. – Champaign County health officials reported the county’s third COVID-19 death in as many days on Friday. The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District says the latest fatality is the 23rd deaths in the county linked to the coronavirus. In addition, 48 new COVID-19 cases were reported Friday, for a total of 4,841 confirmed cases. The current number of active cases is 388. That number has been steadily rising since Tuesday, but is well below the 888 active cases recorded in the county on September 6.

Coles County also reported a death from COVID-19, along with 16 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday. Macon County reported 19 new cases.  Coles and Macon counties are both on the weekly IDPH warning list, due to an increase in at least two COVID-19 risk indicators.

Vermilion County reported 22 new cases, and a total of 132 active COVID-19 cases.

Ford County reported three new cases of COVID-19.

The DeWitt-Piatt Bi-County Health Department reported four new COVID-19 cases in Piatt County and nine cases in DeWitt County on Wednesday and Thursday. The total number of confirmed cases in both counties is 152 for DeWitt County, and 155 for Piatt County. DeWitt County remains on the weekly IDPH warning list, due to an increase in at least two COVID-19 risk indicators. – Jim Meadows, Illinois Newsroom, revised to include additional county reports.

Illinois Health Officials Conduct Over 72,000 New COVID-19 Tests

Oct. 2, 1:45 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 2,206 new cases of COVID-19 out of 72,691 tests conducted in the past 24 hours. The state is also reporting 47 new deaths related to COVID-19. The average seven-day positivity rate from Sept. 25 to Oct. 1 was 3.4%. These additions bring the state’s totals to 297,646 cases, 8,743 deaths and 5,763,128 tests conducted. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

Coles, DeWitt & Macon Counties On Warning List For COVID-19

Oct. 2, 2020 1:30 p.m. – Coles, DeWitt and Macon counties are reported at a warning level this week for COVID-19 by the Illinois Department of Public Health, along with 25 others: Bond, Boone, Brown, Calhoun, Christian, Clinton, Crawford, DeKalb, Fayette, Greene, Hancock, Jasper, Lee, Livingston, Massac, Monroe, Morgan, Pulaski, Putnam, Richland, Saline, St. Clair, Wabash, Washington and Winnebago counties.

The IDPH warning level is reached when a county shows an increase in two or more COVID-19 risk indicators. These include outbreaks or an increase in cases associated with large gatherings and events, bars and clubs, weddings and family gatherings, university and college parties, college sports teams, long-term care facilities, correctional centers, schools and cases among the community at large, especially people in their 20s.

IDPH says the warning levels, issued weekly, are meant to boost local awareness of the COVID-19 risk, and help local leaders and the public make informed decisions about gatherings and activities. – Jim Meadows, Illinois Newsroom

President Trump And First Lady Test Positive For COVID-19

President Donald Trump stands on stage with first lady Melania Trump after the first presidential debate with Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, at Case Western University and Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland, Ohio. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) AP

Oct. 2, 12:22 a.m. — President Donald Trump has tweeted that he and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the coronavirus. Trump’s positive test comes just hours after the White House announced that senior aide Hope Hicks came down with the virus after traveling with the president several times this week.  Trump is 74 years old, putting him at higher risk of serious complications from a virus that has now killed more than 205,000 people nationwide. In a memorandum, the president’s physician said that the president and first lady “are both well at this time” and “plan to remain at home within the White House during their convalescence.” Click here to read more details.  – Associated Press

State Conducts Over 65,000 New COVID-19 Tests

Oct. 1, 4 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 2,166 new cases of COVID-19 out of 65,615 new tests conducted in the past 24 hours. The state is also reporting 25 new deaths related to COVID-19. The average seven-day positivity rate from Sept. 24 through Sept. 20 was 3.5%. These additions bring the state’s totals to 295,440 tests, 8,696 deaths and 5,690,437 tests conducted.

Champaign County reported its 2nd COVID-19 death in as many days Thursday, for a total of 22 deaths from the coronavirus. The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District reported 56 new COVID-19 cases today; Macon County reported 34 new cases and 1 additional death; Vermilion County reported 31 new cases; Coles County reported 22 new cases. Jose Zepeda and Christine Herman, Illinois Newsroom

Illinois Region 6 Sees 7.2% Positivity Rate For COVID-19 Tests

Sept. 30, 12:30 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health announced that Region 6, which includes Champaign County, could face additional COVID-19 mitigation measures due to a rise in the region’s COVID-19 test positivity rate.

When Champaign County is excluded in Region 6 reporting, the preliminary seven-day test positivity average is 7.2%. When Champaign County is included in the reporting, the positivity rate is 2.0%. The discrepancy is due to Champaign County reporting a high volume of tests being conducted at the University of Illinois, which can average up to 20% of all tests being conducted in the state, overshadowing the rest of Region 6. Going forward, the state will report Region 6 data both including and excluding Champaign County.

IDPH is requesting that local leaders in Region 6 take action to reduce the high positivity rate, including no indoor bar and restaurant service and limiting the size of event gatherings. 

IDPH is also reporting 2,273 new cases of COVID-19 out of 58,546 tests conducted in the past 24 hours. Additionally, 35 new deaths related to COVID-19 were confirmed. The average seven-day positivity rate from Sept. 23 to Sept. 29 was 3.6%. The state totals are now 293,274 cases, 8,672 deaths and 5,624,822 tests conducted for COVID-19. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

Governor’s Office Staff Member Tests Positive For COVID-19

Sept. 29, 6:03 p.m. – Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Tuesday that one of his staff members tested positive for COVID-19. Pritzker and all other close contacts with the staff member will isolate for the next 14 days. The staff member was present at several events with the governor last week, including in Chicago and Marion. A contact-tracing effort is underway. The Governor’s Office says all staff members will be required to be tested and must test negative to return to the office.

Champaign County reported 42 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, bringing the total to 4,691. There are currently eight people hospitalized in the county, and the death count remains at 20. In Macon County, public health officials announced 37 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday. The county’s total is now at 1,603. Coles County reported 11 new COVID-19 cases for a total of 1,546, as well as an additional death Tuesday for a total of 31 total fatalities. – Lecia Bushak, Illinois Newsroom

Illinois Officials Announce Over 1,300 New Cases Of COVID-19

Sept. 29, 2:15 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 1,362 new cases of COVID-19 out of 45,624 new tests conducted in the past 24 hours. The state is also reporting 23 new deaths related to COVD-19. The average seven-day positivity rating from Sept. 22 to Sept. 28 was 3.6%. These additions bring the state’s totals to 291,001 cases, 8,637 deaths and 5,566,276 tests conducted. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

Illinois Confirms Over 1,700 New Cases Of COVID-19

Sept. 28, 5:32 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 1,709 new cases of COVID-19 out of 41,142 tests conducted in the past 24 hours. The average seven-day positivity rating from Sept. 21 to Sept. 27 was 3.7%. The state is also reporting 13 new deaths related to COVID-19. These additions bring the state’s totals to 289,639 cases, 8,614 deaths and 5,520,652 tests conducted.

As of Sunday night, about 1,500 people in the state were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 346 patients were in the ICU, and 135 were on ventilators.

The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District reported 41 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday. There are now 337 active cases in the county. Total cases in Champaign County number 4,649, including 20 people who died. Hospitalizations increased by one since this weekend for a total of five people currently hospitalized with COVID-19 in Champaign County. 

Coles County public health officials reported 11 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday bringing the county’s total to 1-thousand 5-hundred 35, including 3 people who are hospitalized and 30 who have died from the virus. 

And in Macon County, public health officials reported 16 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday. There are now 1 thousand 5 hundred and 66 cases of the virus in the county, including 46 deaths. The Macon County Health Department was temporarily closed yesterday after someone associated with the agency tested positive for COVID-19. Lee Gaines and Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

COVID-19 Cases Surpass 4,600 In Champaign County 

Sept. 27, 6:20 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health reported just over 1,600 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, and 14 additional deaths from the illness. The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity rate is 3.7%. The total number of cases statewide is now 287,930. Over Saturday and Sunday, the state reported more than 4,000 new cases.

As of Saturday night, nearly 1,500 people in the state were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 350 patients were in the ICU, and 144 were on ventilators.

Coles County public health officials announced an additional death from COVID-19on Sunday, bringing the county’s total death count to 30. Coles County officials also reported 16 new cases of the virus, bringing the total case count to 1,524. Officials say the county’s test positivity rate is now 7.3%. 

The Champaign-Urbana Public Health district reported 59 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday for a total case count of 4,608, including 20 deaths from the virus. The number of active cases in the county fell slightly since Friday — down from 363 to 344. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign reported 17 new cases of the virus on Saturday, for a campus-wide total of 2,279 cases, and a positivity rate of .38%. 

Macon County public health officials reported 40 new cases of COVID-19 for a total case count of 1,550. Forty-six people in Macon County have died from the virus, and seven people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19.  – Lee Gaines, Illinois Newsroom

Illinois Reports More Than 2,400 New COVID-19 Cases 

Sept. 26, 4:26 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 2,441 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, and 25 additional deaths from the illness. The statewide case count now totals 286,326, including 8,588 people who died from the virus. The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity rate is 3.5%. Nearly 1,600 people are reported to be hospitalized with the virus statewide, with 355 patients in the ICU, 141 patients on ventilators.

In Champaign County, public health officials reported 42 new cases of the virus on Saturday, for a total case count of 4,549 county-wide, including 20 deaths. There are currently 350 active cases of the virus in the county, and 4 people who are hospitalized with COVID-19. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign reported 41 new cases of the virus on Friday, for a campus-wide total of 2,262 cases, and a positivity rate of .37%. 

Macon County health officials reported 16 new cases of the virus on Saturday, for a total case count county-wide of 1,510, including 46 deaths from the illness. Seven people in Macon County are currently hospitalized with COVID-19. The county remains at a warning level, according to IDPH, meaning there is increased risk of COVID-19 in the area.

In Coles County, health officials reported 12 new cases of the virus on Saturday, bringing their total case count to 1,508, including 29 deaths. Three people in Coles County are currently hospitalized with the illness. Coles County is now experiencing overall stable COVID-19 metrics, according to IDPH. – Lee Gaines, Illinois Newsroom

Macon County Reaches Warning Level

Sept. 25, 4:37 p.m. – Macon County health officials announced today that the county has moved to a warning level for COVID-19 cases. That’s due to the number of cases per 100,000 people and the weekly number of deaths. Health officials there are asking residents to continue observing social distancing, avoiding large events and gatherings and wearing masks.

One additional death was also announced today in Macon County. The resident was a female in her 80’s. To date in Macon County, there have been a total of 1,494 COVID-19 cases and 46 deaths. 

In Champaign County, officials announced 72 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total to 4,507. Right now there are 363 active cases and four people are hospitalized. To date, 20 people have died after contracting the virus. – Dana Cronin, Illinois Newsroom

Illinois Conducts Almost 70,000 Tests In One Day

Sept. 25, 1:45 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 2,514 new cases of COVID-19 out of 69,793 tests conducted in the past 24 hours. The average seven-day positivity rating from Sept. 18 to Sept. 24 was 3.6%. The state is also reporting 25 new deaths related to COVID-19. These additions bring the state’s totals to 283,885 cases, 8,563 deaths and 5,363,471 tests conducted. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

State Conducts Over 62,000 Tests In A Single Day

Sept. 24, 12:15 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 2,257 new cases of COVID-19 out of 62,071 tests conducted in the past 24 hours. The average seven-day positivity rating from Sept. 17 to Sept. 23 was 3.5%. Additionally, the state is reporting 30 new deaths related to COVID-19. These additions bring the state’s totals to 281,371 cases, 8,538 deaths and 5,23,678 tests conducted. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

Missouri Governor & Wife Test Positive For COVID-19

Sept. 23, 5:17 p.m. – Missouri Governor Mike Parson and his wife have both tested positive for the coronavirus, according to the governor’s office. Parson, a steadfast opponent of mandatory mask-wearing, was tested for the virus Wednesday, after his wife, Teresa tested positive earlier in the day. Teresa Parson had experienced mild symptoms, including a cough and nasal congestion. The governor appears healthy and is displaying no symptoms, according to his office. Governor Parson postponed several events through the remainder of the week. The 65-year-old Parson has steadfastly refused to require Missouri residents to wear face masks, although he has urged their voluntary use. Parson has sometimes appeared at functions without a mask. – Associated Press

34 New COVID-19 Cases In Champaign County, Active Cases Continue Decline

Sept. 23, 5:15 p.m. – 34 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Champaign County on Wednesday, for a total number of 4,370. The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District reports 304 active cases at this time, with four hospitalized. The number of active cases has been declining steadily over the past week.

Vermilion County reported 23 new COVID-19 cases and ten recoveries Wednesday. The number of active cases in the county rose to 103.

Coles County reported 32 new COVID-19 cases, with the number of active cases currently at 174.

Macon County reported 20 new cases, with 439 active cases, including eight who are hospitalized. 

Douglas County reported five new cases, and Ford County reported two new cases. Moultrie County had no new COVID-19 cases to report on Wednesday.  Jim Meadows, Illinois Newsroom.

Illinois Officials Report Over 1,800 New Cases of COVID-19 In The State

Sept. 23, 12:15 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 1,848 new cases of COVID-19 out of 46,391 tests conducted in the past 24 hours. Additionally, 22 new deaths related to COVID-19 have been confirmed. The average seven-day positivity rating from Sept. 16 to Sept. 22 was 3.5%. The state totals are now 279,114 cases, 8,508 deaths and 5,231,607 tests conducted. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

Over 1,500 New Cases of COVID-19 Announced In Illinois

Sept. 22, 2:30 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 1,531 new cases of COVID-19 out of 41,829 new tests conducted in the past 24 hours. The state is also reporting 30 new deaths related to COVID-19. The average seven-day positivity rating from Sept. 15 and Sept. 21 was 3.5%. These additions bring the state’s totals to 277,266 cases, 8,486 deaths, and 5,185,216 cases. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

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Champaign County Reports Lowest Number Of Daily Cases In Weeks

Sept. 21, 5:02 p.m. – Champaign County reported 18 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, the lowest number of daily cases reported in weeks. The county’s total number of cases now stands at 4,299. Hospitalizations have dropped to four people. In Macon County, public health officials announced 23 new COVID-19 cases Monday, for a total of 1,405. Coles County saw four new COVID-19 cases reported in the last day, for a total of 1,411.

Uniting Pride of Champaign County announced on Monday that its 2020 Pride Celebration will be held virtually September 25 through 27. The organization will hold virtual workshops, youth programming and mixers during the weekend. – Lecia Bushak, Illinois Newsroom

Over 1,400 New Cases Of COVID-19 Reported In Illinois

Sept. 21, 2 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 1,477 new cases of COVID-19 out of 38,234 new tests conducted in the past 24 hours. The state is also reporting 7 new deaths related to COVID-19. The seven-day average positivity rating from Sept. 14 to Sept. 20 was 3.5%. Over the weekend, the state surpassed 5 million total tests conducted. The state totals are now 275,735 cases, 8,457 deaths and 5,143,387 tests conducted. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom. 

Nearly 4,000 New COVID-19 Cases Announced Over The Weekend In Illinois

Sept. 20, 9 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health announced 3,931 new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend. An additional 39 deaths due to the virus brings the state’s total to 8,450 since the start of the pandemic. The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity rate is 3.5%.

Champaign County announced 122 new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend. The University of Illinois’ Urbana campus has averaged about two dozen new cases per day over the past week — down from a high of 239 announced on Aug. 31. The campus’ seven-day positivity rate is about 0.3%.

Three additional Macon County residents died over the weekend from COVID-19: a male in his 60s and two females in their 70s and 80s. The county announced 32 additional confirmed cases on Saturday and Sunday. Coles County — which received a warning last week for increasing risk levels — announced 20 new cases over the weekend. Vermilion County announced 20 new cases as well. DeWitt County — which is also at a warning level — announced 5 new cases on Saturday. – Christine Herman, Illinois Newsroom

Two Central Illinois Counties At Coronavirus Warning Level

Sept. 18, 4:53 p.m. – Some central Illinois counties have reached a warning level for coronavirus cases, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Both Coles and DeWitt County have received warnings for increasing risk levels, determined by their weekly incidence rates, positivity rates and total number of tests performed. In Coles County, the seven-day positivity rate is 8.7%. In DeWitt, it’s 8.6%.

Champaign County health officials announced an additional 85 COVID-19 cases, bringing the total to 4,159. More than 400 of those are active cases, with eight people hospitalized – the most hospitalizations the county has seen in almost a month. – Dana Cronin, Illinois Newsroom

Illinois Conducts Over 61,000 Tests In One Day

Sept. 18, 3:30 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 2,120 new cases of COVID-19 out of 61,918 tests conducted in the past 24 hours. The average seven-day positivity rating from Sept. 11 to Sept. 17 was 3.6%. The state is also reporting 20 new deaths related to COVID-19. These additions bring the state’s totals to 270,327 cases, 8,411 deaths and 4,982,856 tests conducted. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

Active Cases, Hospitalizations, Up In Champaign County

Sept. 17, 5:50 p.m. – Champaign County reported 127 new COVID-19 cases Thursday. The number of active cases rose by 29, to 429. Local health officials have confirmed 1,010 new cases in Champaign County since the first of September through the 16th. Hospitalizations have jumped from one to seven over the past two days.

Macon County reported 27 new COVID-19 cases, with 545 active cases, including 15 hospitalizations.

Coles County reported 17 new cases, and 195 active cases, including four hospitalizations. The positivity rate in Coles County is at 8.7%, above the preferred target of 8% or less.

There were three new COVID-19 cases reported in Ford County, one new case in Vermilion County and no new cases in Moultrie County.

 A classroom at Northview Elementary School in Rantoul has been temporarily closed and its students moved to remote learning, after a school employee was diagnosed with COVID-19. The Rantoul City School District says students at a second classroom were also moved to remote learning due to staffing issues, but that they did not have close contact with the employee. – Jim Meadows, Illinois Newsroom

Illinois Conducts Over 57,000 Tests In One Day

Sept. 17, 12:15 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 2,056 new cases of COVID-19 out of 57,800 new tests conducted in the past 24 hours. The average seven-day positivity rating between Sept. 10 and Sept. 16 was 3.6%. Additionally, the state is reporting 25 new deaths due to COVID-19. The state’s totals are now at 268,207 cases, 8,392 deaths and 4,920,938 tests conducted. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

State Conducts Over 52,000 Tests In A Day

Sept. 16, 2:55 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 1,941 new cases of COVID-19 in Illinois out of 52,311 new tests conducted in the past 24 hours. The state is also reporting 35 new deaths related to the coronavirus. The seven-day average positivity rating between Sept. 9 and Sept. 15 was 3.7%. These additions bring the state’s totals to 266,151 cases, 8,367 deaths and 4,863,138 tests conducted. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

Coles County Positivity Rate Remains Higher Than 8%

Sept. 15, 4:34 p.m. – Champaign County reported 136 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday. The total number of cases in the county is now at 3,811, and deaths remain at 20. In Macon County, 25 new COVID-19 cases brings the total number of cases to 1,262. Macon County public health officials also reported an additional death in the last day, a man in his 80s. Coles County reported 25 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday, bringing the total to 1,322. With a positivity rate at 8.7%, Coles County remains in the list of Illinois counties at a “warning” level for coronavirus. Public health officials say the goal is for the positivity rate to be equal to or lower than 8%. – Lecia Bushak, Illinois Newsroom

Over 1,400 New Cases Of COVID-19 Added In Illinois

Sept. 15, 2:50 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 1,466 new cases of COVID-19 out of 39,031 new tests conducted. Additionally, 20 new deaths have been reported. The average seven-day positivity rating from Sept. 8 and Sept. 14 was 3.6%. The totals in the state are now 264,210 cases, 8,332 deaths and 4,810827 tests conducted. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

Over 1,300 New COVID-19 Cases In Illinois

Sept. 14, 12:15 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 1,373 new cases of COVID-19 out of 35,930 new tests conducted in the past 24 hours. The average seven-day positivity rating between Sept. 7 and Sept. 13 was 3.6%. The state is also reporting five new deaths related to COVID-19. These additions bring the state’s totals to 262,744 cases, 8,314 deaths and 4,771,796 tests conducted. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

Macon County Reports Additional COVID-19 Death; Coles County Remains At Orange Warning Level

Sept. 13, 6:37 p.m. – Macon County health officials announced one more resident has died after contracting the coronavirus. The county’s total death count is now 36. Over the weekend, the county saw 41 more cases, bringing the total there to 1,227. Currently, ten people are hospitalized in Macon County.

On Sunday, Coles County saw 14 additional COVID-19 cases, bringing the total to 1,280. Six are currently hospitalized and 25 have passed away. The seven-day positivity rate in Coles County is 8.7%, and the county remains at the orange warning level, meaning mitigation efforts could be implemented if certain trends continue.

Champaign County health officials announced 136 new cases on Sunday, bringing the grand total to 3,594. 323 of those are active, down 189 from yesterday. One person is in the hospital. 

The Illinois Department of Public Health announced 1,462 new cases and 14 additional deaths. That brings the state total to 261,371 and 8,309 deaths. – Dana Cronin, Illinois Newsroom

State Announces 2,000+ New COVID-19 Cases

Sept. 12, 3:41 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health today updated its COVID-19 numbers to reflect 2,121 new cases and an additional 22 deaths. The new cases have brought the case total to 259,909 and 8,295 deaths. Currently, the state is reporting a 96% recovery rate. 

In Champaign County, 38 new COVID-19 cases were identified, bringing the county’s total to 3,458. 512 of those are active, and only one person is currently hospitalized. There have been a total of 20 deaths reported.

Coles County health officials announced four additional cases today, bringing to the total case count in that county to 1,266. Seven people are currently hospitalized with the virus, and the positivity rate there stands at 8.7%. – Dana Cronin, Illinois Newsroom

30 Counties In Illinois At Warning Level For COVID-19, Including Coles And Vermilion Counties

Sept. 11, 4:43 p.m. – Thirty counties in Illinois are now considered to be at a warning level for COVID-19. Coles County and Vermilion County are both included in that list from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). Counties that reach a warning level have two or more risk indicators that show a rise in COVID-19 cases, including metrics like the number of deaths, weekly test positivity or ICU availability. Many of the rising cases are associated with college parties and other large gatherings, bars, nursing homes and schools reopening.

Champaign County reported 356 new COVID-19 cases since Wednesday, accounting for two days’ worth of new cases. The county’s total is now 3,420. Champaign County’s daily cases have jumped from an average of about 15 new cases per day, to 165 new cases per day, in the last three weeks. The Vermilion County Health Department says the county was placed at a warning level because of a high number of cases per 100,000, as well as a 20% increase in emergency room visits for COVID-19. On Thursday, Vermilion County reported 14 new COVID-19 cases for a total of 405. Macon County reported 22 new COVID-19 cases Friday, for a total of more than 1,186. The county also reported three additional deaths in the last day, all of whom were over the age of 80. – Lecia Bushak, Illinois Newsroom

Illinois Conducts Over 56,000 Tests In One Day

Sept. 11, 12:15 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 2,145 new cases of COVID-19 out of 56,661 new tests conducted in the past 24 hours. The average seven-day positivity rating between Sept. 4 and Sept. 10 was 3.9%. The state is also reporting 32 new deaths related to COVID-19. These additions bring the state’s totals to 257,788 cases, 8,273 deaths and 4,632,382 tests conducted. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

State Continues To See Positivity Rate Below 4%

Sept. 10, 5 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 1,953 new cases of COVID-19 out of 48,982 new tests conducted in the past 24 hours. The seven-day average positivity rate between Sept. 3 and Sept. 9 was 3.8%. The state is also reporting 28 new deaths due to COVID-19. These additions bring the state’s totals to 255,643 cases, 8,242 deaths and 4,575,721 tests conducted.

Champaign County health officials announced no new COVID-19 cases Thursday, the day after reporting 158 new cases — the second-highest single-day increase in the last month.  The county’s total case count stands at 3,064, with 629 active cases. The latest data from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign show a total of more than 1,700 COVID-19 cases linked to the campus since twice-a-week testing became mandatory for students on Aug. 16. The seven-day positivity rate dropped below 1% on Tuesday for the first time in more than a week. 

Coles County is reporting 40 new cases, for a total of 1,238, and one additional death due to COVID-19, for a total of 25. Vermilion County is reporting 14 new cases for a total of 405.Christine Herman and Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

Statewide Positivity Rate Drops Below 4% For The First Time In Weeks

Sept. 9, 3:53 p.m. – Champaign County health officials announced 158 new COVID-19 cases today, the second-highest single-day increase reported in the last month. It brings the county’s total case count to 3,064, 630 of which are active.

In Macon County, 10 additional residents have tested positive for the virus. The county’s total is now 1,140, and 32 people have died.

The Illinois Department of Public Health announced 1,337 new cases today and an additional 30 deaths. The seven-day statewide positivity rate has dropped below 4% for the first time in weeks. It’s now at 3.7%. – Dana Cronin, Illinois Newsroom

Illinois Passes 4.5 Million Total Tests Conducted

Sept. 9, 12:15 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 1,337 new COVID-19 cases out of 48,029 new tests conducted in the past 24 hours. The average seven-day positivity rating between Sept. 2 and Sept. 8 was 3.7%, a decrease in .3% between Sept. 1 and Sept. 7. The state is also reporting 30 new deaths related to COVID-19. These additions bring the state’s totals to 253,690 cases, 8,214 deaths and 4,526,739 tests conducted. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

Just Under 1,400 New COVID-19 Cases Reported In Illinois

Sept. 8, 12:15 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 1,392 new cases of COVID-19 in Illinois. In the past 24 hours, 31,363 new tests were conducted. Additionally, the state is reporting seven new deaths related to the coronavirus. The average seven-day positivity rating between Sept. 1 and Sept. 7 was 4.0%. These numbers bring the state’s totals to 252,353 cases, 8,186 deaths and 4,478,710 tests conducted. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

Illinois Reports 1,381 New Confirmed COVID-19, 8 Deaths

Sept. 7, 9:20 p.m. — The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 1,381 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, and eight new confirmed deaths. Monday’s reported fatalities bring the statewide death toll due to the virus to 8,179 since the start of the pandemic. There have been 250,961 confirmed coronavirus cases during the same period. Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 28,975 tests of specimens for a total of 4,447,347 tests conducted in Illinois. That brings the seven-day statewide positivity rate for cases as a percent of total tests to 4.2%.  – Associated Press

Champaign County Reports 67 New COVID-19 Cases

Sept. 7, 4:40 p.m. – Champaign County’s average daily COVID-19 cases have jumped significantly within the last three weeks. The county confirmed 67 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, and its total is now at more than 2,873. On Monday, Macon County announced three new COVID-19 cases. The county’s total number of cases stands at 1,117. – Lecia Bushak, Illinois Newsroom

Champaign County Reports New Record High Of COVID-19 Cases

Sept. 6, 7:30 p.m. – Illinois public health officials reported 4,209 new COVID-19 cases over the weekend. The total number of cases is now at 249,580 since the pandemic began. Over Saturday and Sunday, there were an additional 28 fatalities, for a total of 8,171 deaths.

On Saturday, Champaign County reported a new record high of 167 new COVID-19 cases. There were 42 new cases reported Sunday, and 67 new cases reported Monday morning for a total of 2,873. The number of active cases is down sharply at 492. Macon County saw 39 new COVID-19 cases since Friday, for a total of 1,114. And Coles County reported 21 new COVID-19 cases as well as one additional death over the weekend. The county’s total number of cases is now past 1,100, and there have been 23 total deaths. – Lecia Bushak, Illinois Newsroom

Urbana Issues Emergency Order Prohibiting Indoor Dining In Establishments Near Campus

Sept. 4, 5:04 p.m. – On Friday, the City of Urbana issued an emergency order that prohibits indoor dining and drinking in bars and restaurants near campus. The order comes after a spike in COVID-19 cases among University of Illinois students, and a stay-at-home order for U of I undergraduates. The order includes the area within Springfield Avenue, Lincoln Avenue, Florida Avenue and Wright Street, and will be in effect from Saturday September 5th to Wednesday September 16th. Champaign County reported 88 new COVID-19 cases Friday, for a total of nearly 2,600. The county’s total fatalities remains at 20. – Lecia Bushak, Illinois Newsroom

State Fixes Data Processing System; Over 140,00 New Tests Conducted

Sept. 4, 12:30 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 5,368 new cases out of 149,273 new tests conducted in the past 24 hours. The rise in cases and tests conducted is from the state fixing the data systems that processed the tests conducted. The cause of the issue was due to the large volume of testing being conducted throughout Illinois. The backlog that created the slowdown has been cleared and now tests are being processed faster. Additionally, the state is reporting 29 deaths related to COVID-19. The seven-day positivity rating between Aug. 28 and Sept 3 was 4.1%. These numbers bring the state’s totals to 245,371 cases, 8,143 deaths and 4,309,941 tests conducted. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom.

Just Over 1,300 New COVID-19 Cases Reported For Thursday

Sept. 3, 12:15 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 1,360 new cases of COVID-19 out of 40,795 new tests conduected in the past 24 hours. The seven-day positivity rating between Aug. 27 and Sept. 2 was 4.4%. Additionally, the state is reporting 25 new deaths related to COVID-19. These numbers bring the state’s totals to 240,003 cases, 8,115 deaths and 4,160,668 tests conducted. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

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Restrictions Ordered For U Of I Students After Jump In Cases

Sept 2, 2:30 p.m. –  The number of COVID-19 cases found by the University of Illinois’ saliva-based testing program has passed the one thousand mark, and the Urbana campus chancellor is calling on students to limit in-person interactions to “only the most essential activities”.

The university reported 230 new COVID-19 cases on the Urbana for Monday, August 31, the latest date for which data is available. The number is up from 104 new cases found on August 30, the first day in which the number of new positive cases rose above 100. The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases on campus to date is 1,013.

Campus Chancellor Robert J. Jones blamed the increase in cases on the “irresponsible actions of a small number of students” that could force the university to end in-person classes for the fall. In an email to students Wednesday, the chancellor announced the university would be intensifying efforts over the next two weeks for identify and remove from campus students who violate safety policies.  Meanwhile, all students are expected to limit in-person interactions to essential ones (going to class, work, getting tested, shopping for food, religious services), while avoiding all social gatherings for the next two weeks, which he acknowledged would be “the hardest part”. – Jim Meadows, Illinois Newsroom

New COVID-19 Cases Wednesday, As State Positivity Rate Rises 

September 2, 5:20 p.m. – Illinois’ seven-day positivity rate for COVID-19 rose to 4.5% Wednesday, as the Illinois Department of Public Health reported 2,128 new confirmed cases. The positivity rate is the percentage of COVID-19 tests that show a positive result for the coronavirus. Illinois’ Region Six, which includes east-central Illinois, has a positivity rate of 1.7% for the seven days up to August 30. Illinois reported 27 additional deaths from COVID-19, including one in Ford County.

Champaign County health officials reported 37 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday. The total number of active cases rose by four, to 549, out of the 2,462 total COVID-19 cases that have been confirmed in the county since the pandemic began. Active COVID-19 cases have risen steadily in Champaign County over the past two weeks. 379 of the county’s active cases are in Champaign’s 61820 zip code, including Campustown and the Champaign side of the University of Illinois campus.

Ford County reported its third COVID-19-related death Wednesday, and seven new cases. Two are associated with a long-term care facility.

Macon County reported 21 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday, bringing the county’s total number of cases past the 1,000 mark. Out of 1,009 cases since the pandemic began, 351 people are currently isolating at home, ten are hospitalized and 27 have died.

Coles County reported 30 new cases Wednesday. Out of 1,066 total cases, 346 people are currently recovering, 12 are hospitalized and 21 have died. The Coles County Health Department reports a COVID-19 positivity rate of 7.8%, near the ceiling of the state’s 8% target level.

Vermilion County reported eight new COVID-19 cases Wednesday, for a total of 344 cases and 47 active cases, one of them hospitalized.

The DeWitt Piatt Bi-County Health Department reported six new COVID-19 cases from Tuesday, with three cases each in DeWitt and Piatt Counties. There are currently nine active cases in each of the two counties. – Jim Meadows, Illinois Newsroom

State Sees Rise In Seven-Day Positivity Rating

Sept. 1, 12:15 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 2,128 new cases of COVID-19 out of 32,751 tests conducted in the past 24 hours in the state. The state is also reporting 27 new deaths related to COVID-19. The seven-day positivity rating for Illinois between Aug. 26 and Sept. 1 was 4.5%. These additions bring the state’s totals to 238,643 cases, 8,091 deaths and 4,119,873 tests conducted. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

With Students Back On Campus, Champaign County Cases Continue To Rise

Sept. 1, 3:56 p.m. – Today the Champaign Public Health Department announced 56 new positive COVID-19 cases. There are now 545 active cases in the county, the majority of which are located within the U of I campus zip code.

C-U Public Health officials say about 80% of new cases from the past two weeks are linked to the U of I – the majority are imported cases from students traveling back already infected – and that there’s no indication of local community spread among students so far.

The county is now reporting a total of 2,425 cases since the start of the pandemic.

Health officials in Moultrie County announced one additional death today, bringing the total there to two. The individual was a male in his 80’s. The total case count in Moultrie County is now 165.

The Governor’s office announced new mitigation efforts will be enforced in the Metro East area with the seven-day average positivity rate at 9.6%. Indoor dining at bars and restaurants is no longer allowed. – Dana Cronin, Illinois Newsroom

Illinois Officials: 1,492 New Cases Reported

Sept. 1, 12:15 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 1492 new cases of COVID-19 out of 22,961 tests conducted in the past 24 hours. The state is also reporting 39 new deaths associated with COVID-19. The seven-day average positivity rating from Aug. 24 to Aug. 30 was 4.3%. These additions bring the state’s totals to 236,515 cases, 8,064 deaths and 4,087,122 tests conducted. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

State Reports 4 Million Total Tests Conducted

Aug. 31, 12:15 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 1,668 new cases of COVID-19 out of 47,379 new tests conducted in the past 24 hours. The seven-day average positivity rating from Aug. 24 to Aug. 30 went down slightly to 4.1%. The state is also reporting seven new deaths. These additions bring the state’s totals to 235,023 cases, 8,026 deaths and 4,064,161 tests conducted. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

Active COVID-19 Cases Continue To Rise In Champaign County

Aug. 30, 4:45 p.m. – 61 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Champaign County Sunday, as the number of active cases rose to 477. 338 of those are in Champaign’s 61820 zip code, which includes the Campustown area and the Champaign side of the University of Illinois campus.  The number of active COVID-19 cases in Champaign County have risen steadily in recent weeks, with the return of students to the University of Illinois campus.

Macon County reported 12 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, for a total of 938 cases.

Vermilion County reported four new cases on Sunday — three of them in families in which cases had been reported the day before.  The Vermilion County Health Department reports 45 active cases, out of 324 total cases reported since the pandemic began.

Coles County reported 19 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, adding to 31 new cases confirmed on Saturday. The county’s positivity rate is 7.8%.

Statewide, the Illinois Department of Public Health reported 1,992 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, with eleven additional deaths. Illinois has recorded a total of 233,355 COVID-19 cases and 8,019 deaths. – Jim Meadows, Illinois Newsroom

Illinois COVID-19 Deaths Surpass 8,000; Moultrie Reports 1st Death

Aug. 29, 5:50 p.m. – Moultrie County reported its first death Friday from COVID-19, a man in his 70s. The Moultrie County Health Department says it confirmed 25 new cases of the coronavirus for a total of 156. Ten of the new cases are residents and staff associated with an outbreak at group homes for people with development disabilities operated by Moultrie County Beacon.

COVID-19 has caused the deaths of more than 8,000 Illinois residents, according to the state Department of Public Health. IDPH reported a total of 8,008 deaths from COVID-19 as of Saturday, adding eleven new deaths in the past day. There have been 1,880 new COVID-19 cases reported, adding to a total of 231,363. In all, 3,924,305 COVID-19 tests have been conducted.

Champaign County Public Health officials reported 54 new cases of COVID 19 Saturday, for a total of 2,259 since the pandemic began. The number of active cases is up by 19, to 441. Champaign’s 61820 zip code (including Campustown and the Champaign side of the University of Illinois campus) continues to lead the county in the total number of confirmed cases (633) and in active cases (304).

Vermilion County reported two new cases Saturday, for a total of 320 COVID-19 cases, 41 of them currently active.

Macon County reported 11 new COVID-19 cases Saturday, for a total of 926.

Douglas County reported five new cases Saturday, two of them infants. The Douglas County Health Department reports 72 new COVID-19 cases over the past 14 days, for a total of 218 cases and five deaths over the course of the pandemic.

– Jim Meadows, Illinois Newsroom

State Adds 10 More Counties To Warning Level

Aug. 28, 4:03 p.m. – Today, the Illinois Department of Public Health announced 10 more counties have reached the warning level for increased coronavirus cases — for a total of 30.

According to IDPH, there are different ways a county can reach warning level, but most often it has to do with large gatherings occurring without enforcement of social distancing.

Additionally, the state announced 2,149 new COVID-19 cases today, bringing the total to more than 229,483. Illinois is on track to surpass 8,000 deaths from the coronavirus this weekend.

Champaign County health officials announced 72 new cases today, bringing their total to 2,205. Of those cases, 422 are active. – Dana Cronin, Illinois Newsroom

Just Below 8,000 People Have Died Of COVID-19 In Illinois

Aug. 28, 12:15 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 2,149 new cases of COVID-19 out of 48,383 new tests conducted in the past 24 hours. Additionally, 20 new deaths related to COVID-19 are being reported. The average seven-day positivity rating in the state between Aug. 21 and Aug. 27 is 4.1%. These additions bring the state’s totals to 229,483 cases, 7,997 deaths and 3,924,305 tests conducted. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

Just Over 1,700 New COVID-19 Cases Reported

Aug. 27, 12:15 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 1,707 new cases of COVID-19 out of 44,510 tests conducted in the past 24 hours. Additionally, the state is reporting 24 new deaths related to COVID-19. The seven-day average positivity rating between Aug. 20 through Aug. 26 is 4.1%. These additions bring the state’s totals to 227,334 cases, 7,977 deaths and 3,875,922 tests conducted. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District Employee Tests Positive For COVID-19

Aug. 26, 5:08 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) reported 2,157 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday, bringing the state’s total to 225,627. There were 37 additional deaths reported in the last day. The state is now close to reaching a total of 8,000 fatalities since the pandemic began. The seven-day rolling positivity rate is at 4%.

The Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District (MTD) announced that one of its employees tested positive for COVID-19 Wednesday. The employee was last at work on Monday, operating the 6 Orange line. People who were in close contact with the employee have been notified and placed under quarantine until test results come back. The MTD Operator is reportedly isolating at home.

Public health officials announced 32 new COVID-19 cases in Champaign County Wednesday. The county’s total is now at 2,093, with more than 300 active cases. Macon County reported 8 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday, for a total of 879. And Coles County reported 12 new cases, for a total of 855. – Lecia Bushak, Illinois Newsroom

 

Illinois Officials Report 2,157 New Cases Of COVID-19

Aug. 26, 12:15 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 2,157 new cases of COVID-19 out of 50,362 new tests done in the past 24 hours. The seven-day statewide positivity rating between Aug. 19 and Aug. 25 was 4.0%. The state is also reporting 37 additional deaths related to COVID-19. These additions bring the state’s totals to 225,627 cases, 7,954 deaths and 3,831,412 tests conducted. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

Champaign County: 86 New COVID-19 Cases In One Day

Aug. 25, 5:45 p.m. – A record 86 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases were reported in Champaign County Tuesday, as many cases as were reported in the county during all of last week. The number of active COVID-19 cases in the county is at 311, up by 75 from the day before. However, only two COVID-19 patients are hospitalized in Champaign County, continuing a steady decline. Champaign’s 61820 zip code has the highest number of new and active cases (506 and 202 respectively) in the county. 61820 includes the Campustown area and the Champaign side of the university campus. The total number of confirmed Champaign County cases since the pandemic began is 2,061, out of 174,066 tests conducted.

The rise in new and active Champaign County COVID-19 cases began last Thursday, and corresponds to the return of students to the University of Illinois. COVID-19 infection on the Urbana campus is monitored by an aggressive, twice-weekly coronavirus testing program for both students and employees.

Coles County reported 25 new COVID-19 cases, for a total of 843 cases. Macon County reported 16 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday, for a total of 871.  Authorities also announced Macon County’s 26th COVID-19 death — a woman in her 70s. Vermilion County reported 16 new cases for a total of 297.

Of the four counties, Coles County has the highest positivity rate, at 6.0%, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health, followed by Macon County at 5.9% Vermilion County with 2.7% and Champaign County with 0.7%. – Jim Meadows, Illinois Newsroom

Illinois Officials: 1,680 New Cases Of COVID-19 Reported

Aug. 25, 1 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 1,680 new cases of COVID-19 out of 40,859 new tests conducted in the past 24 hours. Additionally, the state is reporting 29 new deaths related to COVID-19. These additions bring the state’s totals to 223,470 cases, including 7,917 deaths and 3,781,050 tests conducted. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

1,612 New Cases Of COVID-19 Reported

Aug. 24, 5:26 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 1,612 new cases of COVID-19 in the state, as well as 8 new deaths. The state conducted 36,155 new tests. These additions bring the state’s totals to 221,790 cases, 7,888 deaths and 3,740,191 tests conducted. The preliminary seven-day positivity rating in the state from Aug. 17 to Aug. 23 is 4.2%.

Champaign-Urbana Public Health officials reported 68 new cases of COVID-19 Monday. That’s the highest one-day increase in cases since the beginning of this month. The public health district also reported an increase in active COVID-19 case for a total of 236 county-wide. The total number of cases in Champaign County is now 1,975. Total deaths from the virus stand at 20. 

Macon County health officials reported 17 new cases of COVID-19 Monday, bringing that county’s total case count to more than 855. Total deaths from the illness stand at 25.  

In Coles County, health officials reported 11 new COVID-19 cases Monday, bringing that county’s total case county to 818, including 20 people who have died from the virus.  – Lee Gaines and Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

Illinois Officials Report 1,893 New COVID-19 Cases, 6 Deaths

Aug. 23, 6:10 p.m. — Illinois health officials reported 1,893 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state on Sunday. Illinois Department of Public Health officials also announced six more deaths from to the virus, bringing the total number of deaths in the state to 7,880. The the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases is now 220,178. In the past 24 hours, laboratories around Illinois conducted 54,351 tests, resulting in a preliminary seven-day statewide positivity rate for the past week of 4.2%. As of Saturday night, 1,449 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19, and of those, 339 patients were in the ICU and 117 patients with the virus were on ventilators. 

Champaign-Urbana Public Health District officials reported 58 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 over the weekend. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign students returned to campus last week. County health officials also reported an increase in active cases. As of Sunday evening, there were 192 active cases in the county, which represents an increase of 52 since Friday. Total deaths in the county from COVID-19 stand at 20. 

Macon County health officials reported 4 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, bringing the total number of cases to 838. The death total from COVID-19 in Macon County stands at 25, and 14 people are currently hospitalized with the virus. Coles County health officials reported 19 newly confirmed cases of the virus on Sunday, bringing that county’s total COVID-19 cases to 807, include six people currently hospitalized and a total of 20 deaths from the virus. – Lee Gaines, Illinois Newsroom 

Illinois Health Officials Report More Than 2,300 New COVID-19 Cases, More Than 56K Tests In One Day

Aug. 22, 4:55 p.m. – Illinois public health officials reported 2,356 new COVID-19 cases Saturday, bringing the total number of cases statewide to 218,285. In the last day, 17 people have died from the virus, bringing total fatalities to 7,874. State public health officials reported 56,766 COVID-19 tests within the last 24 hours.  The statewide seven-day rolling positivity rate stands at 4.3%. As of Friday night, 1,488 people across the state were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19, and of those, 322 patients were in the ICU and 127 patients with the virus were on ventilators.

Coles County health officials reported 65 new cases of COVID-19 over the last two days. The county is reporting a total of 788 COVID-19 cases, with six people currently hospitalized, and a total of 20 deaths from the virus. County health officials say they’ve observed people not social distancing or using face coverings. They say there are reports of sick individuals attributing their symptoms to allergies or other illnesses, or not being forthcoming about their symptoms or close contacts. 

Macon county health officials reported 33 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, bringing the total number of cases in that county to 834. A total of 25 people in Macon County have died from COVID-19, and 14 are currently hospitalized.

Champaign County health officials reported 30 new cases of the virus on Saturday, bringing the total number of cases to 1,879, including 164 active cases. The total number of deaths from COVID-19 in Champaign County stands at 20.  – Lee Gaines, Illinois Newsroom

20 Counties In Illinois At ‘Warning Level’ For Coronavirus

Aug. 21, 5:03 p.m. – Illinois public health officials announced 2,208 new COVID-19 cases Friday, bringing the total number of cases to 215,929. In the last day, 24 more people have died from the virus, and the total fatalities is now 7,857. The state’s seven-day rolling positivity rate is now at 4.3%. Illinois has seen a 17% increase in daily average COVID-19 cases since three weeks ago, and 20 counties in Illinois are at the “warning level” for coronavirus, public health officials say. Jefferson, Greene, Franklin and Moultrie counties are all on the list. Officials say rising cases have been linked to gatherings, weddings, parties and bars, as well as school starting.

Champaign County reported 25 new COVID-19 cases Friday, bringing the total to 1,849. Four people in Champaign County are currently hospitalized, and the total number of deaths stands at 20. Macon County reported its 25th death since the start of the pandemic—a woman in her 80s. The county also announced 13 new COVID-19 cases in the last day, for a total of 801. – Lecia Bushak, Illinois Newsroom

Seven-Day Positivity Rate Hovers Just Above 4% In Illinois

Aug. 20, 4:30 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 1,832 new COVID-19 cases out of 51,612 new tests conducted in the past 24 hours. The state is also reporting 27 new deaths related to COVID-19. These additions bring the state’s totals to 213,721 cases, 7,833 deaths and 3,541,183 tests conducted.

Champaign County announced 36 additional COVID-19 cases and one new death, for a total of 20 deaths in the county. 131 cases are active, up by 19 from yesterday. Macon County reported five new cases of COVID-19, with a total of 263 active cases. Vermilion County reported four new cases, with a total of 18 active cases. Jose Zepeda and Christine Herman, Illinois Newsroom

Champaign, Coles Counties Report COVID-19 Cases In Double Digits

Aug. 19, 6:04 p.m. – Champaign County announced 16 additional COVID-19 cases on Wednesday. That brings the total number of cases to 1,778, including 19 deaths. 112 cases are currently active, down one from Tuesday. 33 of those active cases are in Champaign’s 61820 zip code, making it the zip code with the highest number of cases in Champaign County.

Coles County reported 32 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday. The Coles County Health Department says that follows a total of 187 cases reported during the preceding ten days. These latest cases bring the total number in Coles County to 701, including 20 deaths.  

Macon County reported nine new cases of COVID-19, bringing their total to 783, including 24 deaths.

Douglas County reported six new cases Wednesday, for a total of 170 cases, including three deaths.

Ford County reported two new COVID-19 cases Wednesday, for a total of 83, including two deaths.

Vermilion County reported no new cases Wednesday, keeping its total count of COVID-19 cases at 264. 30 of the cases are currently active. – Jim Meadows, Illinois Newsroom

State Conducts Over 50,000 Tests In A Single Day

Aug. 19, 12:15 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting that the state conducted 50,299 new tests in the past 24 hours. Of these 50,299 tests, 2,295 of them came back positive, making Wednesday’s positivity rating approximately 4.56%. The state is also reporting 25 new deaths related to COVID-19. These additions being the state’s totals to 211,889 cases, 7,806 deaths and 3,489,571 tests conducted. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

City Of Champaign Issues Emergency Orders To Contain COVID-19 Spread

Aug. 18, 3:49 p.m. – Mayor Deb Feinen issued two new emergency orders today in order to contain the spread of COVID-19 with students returning to campus. The new orders require all customers to be seated the entire time while visiting a restaurant, with the exception of picking up an order or using the restroom – at which time a mask is required. They also restrict indoor dining in the Campustown area. The new orders go into effect tomorrow at 5 p.m.

Champaign County announced 13 additional COVID-19 cases today, bringing the total to 1,772. 113 of those are active.

Macon County health officials announced 8 new cases of COVID-19. The county’s total is now 774. – Dana Cronin, Illinois Newsroom

Tuesday’s Positivity Rate Tops Over 5%

Aug. 18, 1:15 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 1,740 new cases of COVID-19 out of 34,175 new tests conducted in the past 24 hours, making Tuesday’s positivity rating approximatley 5.09%. The state is also reporting 27 new deaths. These additions bring the state’s totals to 209,594 cases, 7,782 deaths and 3,439,272 tests conducted. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom.

U Of I Officials Urge Students, Employees To Use ‘Safer Illinois’ App

Aug. 17, 8 p.m. – Twice-a-week COVID-19 testing is mandatory for all students, faculty and staff at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign who intend to participate in campus life. Campus officials are now encouraging everyone on the Urbana campus to download and use the “Safer Illinois” app, which provides testing results, reminders and other personalized information.

“We believe Safer Illinois offers the most convenient, most secure and most direct tool for managing your COVID-19 status during the fall 2020 semester,” said Chancellor Robert Jones in a news release, in which he urged everyone to familiarize themselves with the app no later than Aug. 23 — the day before the start of the semester. Read the full story online. – Christine Herman, Illinois Newsroom

Over 1,700 New Cases Of COVID-19 Reported for Monday

Aug. 17, 12:15 p.m. – Today, the Illinois Department of Public Health announced 1,773 new cases of COVID-19, out of 38,246 new tests conducted in the past 24 hours. This makes Monday’s positivity rate approximately 4.64%. Additionally, the state is confirming 12 new deaths related to COVID-19. These numbers bring the state’s totals to 207,854 cases, 7,756 deaths and 3,405,097 tests conducted. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

More COVID-19 Cases Reported In Central Illinois

Aug. 16, 9:18 p.m. – Today, Champaign County health officials announced 15 additional COVID-19 cases in the region. 14 of those are currently hospitalized (one additional since yesterday). There are a total of 120 active cases and there have been 19 reported deaths.

Coles County Health Department announced 17 more cases. The county’s total now stands at 627, and there are 5 currently hospitalized. There have been 20 deaths reported.

Macon County saw an uptick of 13 additional cases, bringing the county total to 759. Of the active cases, 16 are currently hospitalized. 24 have died. Health officials there are also promoting a free COVID-19 community testing opportunity from August 20-25, 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., at the Decatur Civic Center Parking Lot. Appointments are not necessary and the test is free. Masks are required, and the test is conducted via nasal swab. Officials say results may take up to a week. –Dana Cronin, Illinois Newsroom

Restrictions Return To Parts of Illinois Because of Rising COVID-19 Cases

Aug. 16, 5:40 p.m. – State officials are again imposing restrictions in southwestern Illinois following a resurgence of COVID-19 cases. Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced the restrictions Sunday, including limiting capacity at meetings and social events and closing bars and casinos at 11 p.m. The restrictions come after the region has seen three straight days of a positive test rate of 8% or higher. The state’s current rate is about 4%. Illinois reported 1,562 new confirmed cases and 18 deaths on Sunday. – Associated Press

More Than 3 Million Tests Performed In Illinois

Aug. 15, 7:49 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting that more than 3.3 million tests have been performed across the state. Today, the Department announced the total number of positive cases is 205,519 with 7,726 deaths.

100,000 tests have been conducted in Champaign County. Today, the County Health Department announced three additional cases, bringing its total to 1,731. Of those, 119 are active cases and 13 are currently hospitalized. The death count remains at 19.

Coles County health officials announced 18 additional COVID-19 cases today, bringing that county’s total to 609. Of those, four are hospitalized, 400 are recovered, and 185 are recovering. 20 deaths are being reported there at this time.

Moultrie County saw eight new cases on Friday, bringing that county’s total to 107. The county is now in the orange zone on the risk metric map due to the increased number of cases between August 2-8. – Dana Cronin, Illinois Newsroom

Over 2,000 New Cases Of COVID-19 Reported

Aug. 14, 12:15 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 2,264 new cases of COVID-19 out of 49,541 new tests conducted in the past 24 hours. This makes Friday’s positivity rating approximately 4.57%. Additionally, 25 additional deaths are being reported. The IDPH says that the Metro East, which is Region 4 of the 11 COVID-19 regions in Illinois, is seeing an increase in positivity rates, surpassing 8% for three consecutive days. As a result, the state is looking to implement mitigation measures. These additions bring the state’s totals to 202,691 cases, 7,721 deaths and 3,285,348 tests conducted. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

16 New COVID-19 Cases In Champaign County; 32 New Cases In Macon County

Aug. 13, 4:15 p.m. – 16 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Champaign County Thursday, for a total of 1,716. Macon County reported 32 new cases of COVID-19 Thursday. The county’s total number of cases has now surpassed 700, and total deaths for the county stand at 24. – Lecia Bushak, Illinois Newsroom

State Surpasses 200,000 Total COVID-19 Cases

Aug. 13, 12:15 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 1,834 new cases of COVID-19 out of 46,006 tests conducted in the last 24 hours. These numbers makes Thursday’s positivity rate approximately 3.99%. The state is also reporting 24 additional deaths. These additions bring the totals in the state to a new, grim milestone of 200,427 cases, 7,696 deaths and 3,235,807 tests conducted. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

COVID-19 Cases Surge In Moultrie County

Aug 12, 6:31 p.m. – Moultrie County health officials reported 27 new coronavirus cases, bringing the county’s total to 99. 20 of the newly announced cases are associated with the Sullivan Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, a nursing home in Sullivan, Ill. Of the 20, 19 are residents and one is a staff member. The other seven individuals are not affiliated with the facility and, according to officials, are isolating at home.

In Champaign County, 18 new cases were reported, for a total of 1,700. The total death toll in the county remains at 19. Currently, there are 143 active cases in the county and 9 patients are hospitalized.

Macon County officials announced 21 new cases, bringing that county’s total to 675. No new Macon County deaths were announced. Most cases there are between the ages of 20-29, and 58.8% are women.

32 new coronavirus cases were announced in Coles County. – Dana Cronin, Illinois Newsroom

Daily Positivity Rate Remains Below 4%

Aug. 12, 12:15 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 1,645 new cases of COVID-19 out of 42,098 tests conducted in the past 24 hours. This makes Wednesday’s positivity rate approximately 3.91%. Additionally, 16 new deaths were reported. These new numbers bring the state’s totals to 198,593 cases, 7,672 deaths, and 3,189,801 tests conducted. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

New COVID-19 Cases In Double Digits In Champaign, Macon Counties

Aug. 11, 6:20 p.m. – Champaign County reported 33 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday. The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District reports a total of 1,682 cases confirmed since the pandemic began. The number of currently active cases went down Tuesday by 13, for a total of 140. The highest number of confirmed cases (305) are in the 61821 zip code, covering the west side of Champaign. The highest number of currently active cases (31) are in the 61802 zip code, including east Urbana and surrounding rural areas.

20 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Macon County, as well as 16 new cases in Coles County. Coles County has reported 516 total cases, including 20 deaths. Macon County has reported 654 cases and 24 deaths.

Vermilion and Iroquois Counties each reported two new cases Tuesday.

Ford County also reported two new cases Tuesday, both of them associated with an outbreak at a long-term care facility. The Ford County Public Health Department says there have been a total of 51 confirmed and 17 probable cases of COVID-19 in the county since the pandemic began. Two people there have died from the virus. – Jim Meadows, Illinois Newsroom

Tuesday’s Positivity Rate Below 4%

Aug. 11, 12:15 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 1,549 new cases of COVID-19 out of 41,362 tests conducted in the last 24 hours, making Tuesday’s positivity rate approximately 3.74%. The state is also reporting 20 additional deaths. These additional numbers bring the state’s totals to 196,948 COVID-19 cases, 7,657 deaths and 3,147,703 tests conducted. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

Just Over 1,300 New Cases Confirmed For Monday

Aug. 10, 12:15 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 1,319 new COVID-19 cases out of 32,353 new tests conducted in the past 24 hours. Additionally, the state is reporting one new death related to COVID-19. These numbers make the positivity rate for today approximately 4.08%. These additions bring the state’s totals to 195,399 cases, 7,637 deaths and 3,106,341 tests conducted. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

Some East-Central Illinois Counties See Uptick In COVID-19 Cases

Aug. 8, 5 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health reported on Sunday 1,382 new cases of COVID-19 and 8 additional deaths confirmed in the last 24 hours. The preliminary seven-day positivity rate as a percent of total tests from August 2 through August 8 is 4.1%. The average daily number of cases over the past week is up 31% compared to two weeks ago. 

Some counties across east-central Illinois are reporting an increase in the number of daily reported cases, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, analyzed by NPR. Macon County has averaged 23 new cases per day for the past week — up 193% compared to two weeks ago. Coles County has averaged 13 new cases per day for the past week — up 51% compared to two weeks ago. 

Other counties are seeing a decrease in the number of daily COVID-19 cases. Champaign County has averaged 21 new cases per day for the past week — down 8% compared to two weeks ago. Vermilion County has averaged 5 new cases per day for the past week — down 37% compared to two weeks ago. Christine Herman, Illinois Newsroom

Daily COVID-19 Cases In Illinois Up 27% Versus Two Weeks Ago

Aug. 7, 12 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 2,190 new cases of COVID-19 and 18 additional deaths in the last 24 hours. The preliminary seven-day positivity rate as a percent of total tests from August 1 through August 7 is 4.2%. The average daily number of cases is up 27% compared to two weeks ago. Today’s additions bring the state totals to 192,698 cases, 7,631 deaths. Friday marked the first time the state saw over 2,000 new cases since May 24. – Christine Herman, Illinois Newsroom

U Of I Scientists Use COVID-19 Data To Assist Campus, State

Aug. 8 – Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have been analyzing COVID-19 data to help the state — and campus — make decisions throughout the pandemic. Nigel Goldenfeld, professor of physics, and Sergei Maslov, professor of bioengineering and physics, spoke at a live-streamed COVID-19 briefing Thursday.

Maslov said their models show that without any of those steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19, everyone on campus would end up infected within three or four weeks of reopening. But mitigation efforts should keep the number of cases in the fall to under 500. The calculation is in fact a worst-case scenario, Maslov said, because they assume there will be more mixing and socializing off-campus in places like bars and restaurants. Read the full story here. – Christine Herman, Illinois Newsroom

Over 2,000 New Cases Of COVID-19 Confirmed For Friday

Aug. 7, 12 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 2,084 new cases of COVID-19 out of 46,869 tests conducted in the last 24 hours. Additionally, the state is confirming 21 new deaths. The positivity rate for Friday is approximately 4.45%. Today’s additions bring the state totals to 190,508 cases, 7,613 deaths and 2,984,618 tests conducted. Aug. 7 marks the first time the state saw over 2,000 new cases since May 24. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

COVID-19 Patient Who Received Double-Lung Transplant Faces Long Road To Recovery

Aug. 7 – Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, 28-year-old Mayra Ramirez was working as a paralegal for an immigration law firm in Chicago. She enjoyed walking her dogs and running 5K races. She contracted COVID-19 in April and reported to the emergency room.

What she thought would be a short stay led to a months-long hospitalization in the intensive care unit. Her lungs were so severely damaged that Ramirez was unlikely to survive, even after clearing the virus from her system. As a last resort, on June 5, her doctors at Northwestern Memorial Hospital performed a rare double-lung transplant that gave Ramirez a second chance at life.

She became the first known COVID-19 patient in the U.S. to undergo the procedure. Since that time, she has been steadily regaining function but has a long road to recovery ahead. Read the full story here. – Christine Herman, Illinois Newsroom

Thursday: Over 1,900 New Cases of COVID-19 Confirmed

Aug. 6, 1 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 1,953 new COVID-19 cases out of 41,686 new tests conducted, as well as 21 additional deaths. This brings Thursday’s positivity rate to approximately 4.69%. These new additions bring the state totals to 188,424 cases, 7,594 deaths and 2,937,749 tests conducted. — Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

Wednesday: Some New Local COVID-19 Cases Found At Long-Term Facilities

Aug. 5, 11:04 p.m. — Champaign County reported 35 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday — for a total of 1,558. The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District says 195 of those cases are currently active.

Ford and Vermilion Counties are both reporting COVID-19 cases at long-term care facilities. Ford County says eight of the 13 new cases reported so far this week are due to an outbreak at a single long-term care facility.  Ford County reported eight new cases Wednesday, but did not specify if those cases were the ones at the long-term care facility.

Meanwhile, Vermilion County reported nine new COVID-19 cases, three of them sharing the same household. The News-Gazette reports those three cases are all at a single, unnamed, long-term care facility.

Also Wednesday, Macon County reported 20 new COVID-19 cases, Coles County reported 15 new cases, Moultrie County reported five new cases and Douglas County reported one new case.  — Jim Meadows, Illinois Newsroom.

Wednesday: 1,700+ New COVID-19 Cases, 30 Deaths, In Illinois

Aug. 5, 12:20 p.m. – Illinois’ seven-day positivity rate for COVID-19 cases remained at 3.9%  for a second day on Wednesday, with the reporting of 1,759 new confirmed cases of the disease, including 30 additional deaths. The Illinois Department of Public Health reports the fatalities include a Coles County woman in her 80s, a LaSalle County man in his 90s and a Clark County man in his 60s. Currently, state officials report a total of 186,471 confirmed COVID-19 cases, out of a total of 2,896,063 tests, and 7,573 deaths. Region Six, which includes Champaign County, has a positivity rate of 3.0% as of August 2, the latest date for which data was posted by IDPH. – Jim Meadows, Illinois Newsroom

Just Under 1,500 New COVID-19 Cases Reported For Tuesday

Aug. 4, 12:45 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 1,471 new cases out of 42,598 new tests and 19 additional tests in the past 24 hours. Tuesday’s positivity rate is 3.4%. The total cases reported in the state is 184,712, while the total deaths reporter in the state is 7,545. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

Over 1,200 New COVID-19 Cases Reported For Monday

Aug. 3, 1 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 1,298 new cases and 10 new deaths, bringing the totals to 183,241 cases and 7,526 deaths. The state conducted 28,475 tests in the past 24 hours, brining the positivity rate to approximately 4.6%. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

COVID-19 Cases Rising In Most Illinois Regions

August 2, 4:35 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) reported 3,106 new COVID-19 cases over the weekend, for a total of 181,943 cases. Total deaths now stand at 7,517. Daily average COVID-19 cases in the state have increased by 40% since three weeks ago, with most regions in the state seeing a rise in positive cases. Last week, Gov. J.B. Pritzker warned that 11 counties in Illinois were at a “warning level” for the virus. But testing for the virus is also increasing. The state has completed more than 2 million COVID-19 tests, and is conducting up to 49,000 tests per day.

Champaign County is now reporting a total of 1,496 COVID-19 cases. Since late last week, the county confirmed 64 new cases. Coles County is also experiencing a high number of positive COVID-19 cases, with 33 new cases reported over the weekend. The county’s total number of cases is at 410. Macon County reported 39 new COVID-19 cases over the weekend, for a total of 475. The county has seen a total of 24 deaths since the pandemic began. Public health officials say people should continue to wear masks and social distance to prevent the region from going back to Phase 3. – Lecia Bushak, Illinois Newsroom

COVID-19 is a rapidly evolving story, and we are working hard to bring you the most up-to-date information. We recommend checking the Coronavirus Information Center for the most recent numbers and guidance.

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