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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

 

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

A Tale Of Two Schools: COVID-19 Testing On Illinois Campuses

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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