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State Gets Close To Conducting Over 50,000 Tests In A Day

July 31, 12 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health conducted 49,782 tests in the past 24 hours, resulting in 1,941 new cases and 21 new deaths being reported Friday. The IDPH is now reporting a grand total of 178,837 cases and 7,495 deaths. A total of 2,699,568 tests has been conducted. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

Gov. Pritzker Warns Illinois At ‘Danger Point’

Gov. J.B. Pritzker said the state is at a COVID-19 “danger point” at a news conference in Peoria Thursday, warning that Illinois could be headed towards a reversal in the re-opening plan if cases continue rising.

Illinois has seen a steady rise in cases over the last month, with average daily case numbers increasing by 40% since three weeks ago. Public health officials announced 1,772 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, the eighth straight day of cases reaching more than 1,000. The statewide positivity rate has risen to 3.8%. The state’s total number of cases has now reached 176,896 since the pandemic began. 18 additional deaths in the last day brings the total fatalities to 7,478.

Champaign County has seen a 30% increase in its average daily coronavirus cases since three weeks ago. The county announced 191 new COVID-19 cases just in the week between July 23 and 29, for a total of 1,432. Public health officials also reported two deaths within that time frame—a man in his 70s and a woman in her 90s—for a total of 19 deaths. And Macon County reported 9 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, bringing the county’s total to 424. – Lecia Bushak, Illinois Newsroom

Illinois Conducts Over 40,000 Tests In One Day

July 30, 1:15 p.m. – On Thursday, the Illinois Department of Public Health reported that a total of 41,134 COVID-19 tests were conducted within the last 24 hours, with 1,772 new cases and 18 new deaths being reported. This brings to the totals to 176,896 confirmed cases, 7,478 confirmed deaths and 2,649,786 conducted tests. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom.

COVID-19 Pushes Illinois High School Fall Sports To Spring

July 29, 6:45 p.m. – COVID-19 has forced the Illinois High School Association (the non-profit that oversees high school sports in the state) to push most fall sports into the spring. The IHSA decision to move football, boys soccer and volleyball to a February-to-May season came hours after Gov. J.B. Pritzker barred interscholastic play for contact or intense sports such as football, wrestling and competitive cheering and dance. Pritzker’s action follows outbreaks of COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, among young athletes this summer. Pritzker also admonished voters to pressure local leaders in areas where infections are spiking to take tougher action. Meanwhile, three downstate Illinois Republican congressmen said decisions on school athletics should be decided on a regional, not statewide basis, with input from local schools and communities.  Rodney Davis, Darin LaHood and Tim Butler accused the governor of overreach. – Associated Press w/additional reporting by Jim Meadows.

Double-Digit COVID-19 Case Reports In Champaign, Macon Counties + 1 New Death

July 29, 6:40 p.m. – Champaign County reported 46 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, one of its highest single-day reports, but still lower than the 55 cases reported the day before. The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District reports 209 currently active COVID-19 cases, out of a total of 1,367 confirmed since the pandemic began. 18 people have died.

Vermilion County reported five new COVID-19 cases Wednesday. Coles County had 17. Ford County reported 3 new cases for a total of 49. DeWitt and Douglas Counties each reported one new case.

Macon County reported 25 new COVID-19 cases and the death of a man in his 50s from the disease. He is the 24th person to die from COVID-19 in Macon County.

All of the counties mentioned are in eastern Illinois’ Region Six, where the positivity rate was 3.0% on Monday, July 26, the most recent date listed by the Illinois Department of Public Health. By comparison, the statewide positivity rate for July 26 was 3.7%.

New cancellations announced Wednesday due to the COVID-19 pandemic include the JumpStart Back-to-School Clinic set for Saturday at First Christian Church in Decatur, and the Danville Labor Day Parade that had been scheduled for early September. In a news release, Mayor Rickey Williams Jr. said canceling the parade this year was a difficult decision, but was done out of “an abundance of caution”. – Jim Meadows, Illinois Newsroom.

Illinois Passes 175,000 Total Cases Reported

July 29, 1:00 p.m. – On Wednesday, the Illinois Department of Public Health reported 1,393 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total to 175,124 cases. Additionally, 18 new deaths from COVID-19 were reported, prompting a total of 7,462 deaths. Compared to Tuesday, the state saw an increase in 317 new cases for Wednesday. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

Illinois Continues To See Decrease In Number Of Cases Reported

July 28, 1:15 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 1,076 new cases of COVID-19 for Tuesday, July 28, in addition to 30 confirmed deaths. Previously, the state saw slightly over 1,200 cases for Monday, which was the start of a downward trend of confirmed cases. In total, there have been 173,731 reported cases and 7,446 reported deaths in the state. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

Coroner Returns To Work After COVID-19 Diagnosis

Jim Allmon, Sangamon County Coroner Sangamon County

July 27, 3:15 p.m. – On Monday, the Sangamon County Coroner returned to work inside county buildings for the first time since being diagnosed with COVID-19 in early July. In an email, Jim Allmon announced he entered self-quarantine after an out-of-state family vacation and becoming ill. Allmon says he has worked from home for most of the month and doctors say he’s made a full recovery. – Reginald Hardwick, Illinois Newsroom

Illinois Sees A Slight Decrease In The Number Of Cases Reported

July 27, 2:30 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health says that 1,231 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported, bring the total to 172,655 cases. In addition, 18 deaths were reported, bringing the total to 7,416 deaths. Previously, the weekend saw over 1,500 new cases reported for both Saturday and Sunday. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

Illinois COVID-19 Positivity Rate Displays Slow Rise

July 26, 7:56 p.m. – Illinois saw a gradual increase in its COVID-19 positivity rate over the past week, from 3.0% on Monday, July 20 to 3.7% on Sunday the 26th.

The Illinois Department of Public Health says the figures refer to the percentage of COVID-19  tests conducted over the immediately past seven days in Illinois that turn out positive. However, the state’s positivity rate remains below 5%; the WHO says a rate of 5% or more for more than two weeks would raise concerns.

 State health officials reported 1,532 new additional cases of the coronavirus in Illinois on Saturday, and 1,541 new cases on Sunday. These bring the total number of COVID-19 cases reported in Illinois to 171,424.

The number of reported deaths from COVID-19 in Illinois was 19 on Saturday and just one on Sunday, bringing the total number of deaths to 7,398.

The new cases brings statewide totals since the start of the pandemic to 171,424. The total number of deaths in Illinois attributed to COVID-19 is now at 7,398.

Champaign County reported its 18th death from COVID-19 on Saturday, along with 20 new cases, for a total of 1,302 cases since the pandemic began. The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District says the number of cases being reported has been increasing over the past few weeks, mostly among younger people.

Coles County reported seven new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, and 20 new cases on Sunday, for a total of 320 cases. Douglas County reported three new cases Saturday and four on Sunday, for a total of 98. Vermilion County reported no new COVID-19 cases over the weekend. Its total number of cases remains at 141. – Jim Meadows, Illinois Newsroom.

State Warns Four Counties Seeing Fast Growing COVID-19 Cases

July 24, 3:11 p.m. – As the statewide coronavirus caseload continued to climb upwards, the Illinois Department of Public Health said four counties entered a warning level for a growing number of cases. Those counties are Adams, LaSalle, Peoria and Randolph. The states says they have two or more risk factors leading to an increase of COVID-19 cases, including people holding large parties or traveling to other states. On Friday, IDPH said there are 1,532 new confirmed cases in Illinois. The statewide total is now 168,457. That number includes 7,385 deaths.

Also on Friday, Macon county reported its confirmed COVID-19 caseload has grown to 317. 

Illinois Reports July’s Highest One-Day Total of Virus Cases

July 22, 5:20 p.m. — As parts of the nation struggle with a worse coronavirus outbreak than during its high points last spring, Illinois officials announced on Wednesday an increasing number of new infections as well. Gov. J.B. Pritzker made a public plea to wear masks when outside the home and continue physical distancing and conscientious hygiene to stem the spread of the highly contagious and potentially deadly coronavirus. The state reported nearly 1,600 new cases of COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus on Wednesday, the highest one-day total for July. – Associated Press

Illinois COVID-19 Death Toll Crosses 7,300 Mark

July 20, 2:30 p.m. – On Monday, the Illinois Department of Public Health reported 1,173 new confirmed coronavirus cases, growing the statewide count to 162,748.  An additional six deaths puts the death toll at 7,301. As of Sunday night, the state said 1,410 people are hospitalized in Illinois with COVID-19, including 308 ICU patients and 133 people breathing with the help of ventilators. – Reginald Hardwick, Illinois Newsroom

More Than 2,000 COVID-19 Cases Reported Over The Weekend, 86 In Champaign County

July 19, 7:27 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDHS) reported more than 2,000 COVID-19 cases over the weekend, including an additional 23 deaths. The total state-wide case count has now climbed to 161,575 with 7,295 deaths.

86 Champaign County residents have tested positive for COVID-19 since Thursday, bringing the county’s total to 1,177.  No additional deaths have been reported, and most cases are showing up in the 21-30 age range.

Coles County reported 26 additional cases over the weekend, bringing the county’s total to 254 with 17 deaths. Health officials there are urging people to follow the “three w’s”: Wear a mask, watch your distance, and wash your hands. – Dana Cronin, Illinois Newsroom

Illinois County Sheriff Tests Positive for COVID-19

July 19, 3:26 p.m. — A county sheriff in southwestern Illinois has tested positive for COVID-19. The Monroe County Sheriff’s Department says Sheriff Neal Rohlfing has been in quarantine since last weekend when he started experiencing symptoms. Department officials say in as statement that his symptoms are mild and department operations have not been in affected because of limited contact with employees. In Illinois, there have been more than 161,000 confirmed positive cases since the pandemic began and nearly 7,300 deaths. – Associated Press

State Reports Highest Number Of COVID-19 Cases Since June; Conducts Over 40,000 COVID-19 Tests In One Day

July 17, 4:06 p.m. – Illinois reported 1,384 new COVID-19 cases Friday. That’s the highest number of daily cases recorded in the state since early June. The statewide positivity rate remains at 3%. The state’s testing efforts have also ramped up. More than 2 million people in Illinois have been tested for COVID-19, with more than 43,000 tests conducted just in the last 24 hours. Public health officials also reported that 22 more people died from the virus in the last day. The state’s total death count now stands at 7,272, and the total number of cases is now 159,334.

On Thursday, Champaign County reported 15 new COVID-19 cases for a total of 1,091. Champaign County’s daily case numbers have doubled in the last three weeks, but they still remain lower than their peak in May. Macon County reported 5 new cases Friday. Their total is now 267. – Lecia Bushak, Illinois Newsroom

1,257 New Coronavirus Cases In Illinois

July 16, 4:30 p.m. – Young people are increasingly accounting for new coronavirus cases, Illinois public health officials say. On Wednesday, Gov. J.B. Pritzker released a new mitigation plan that would aim to reduce the risk of a new surge in cases… and urged people to continue wearing face masks and to stay away from crowded bars. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced 1,257 new COVID-19 cases Thursday. The state has now seen 157,950 total cases since the pandemic began. An additional 25 people died from the virus in the last day, bringing the total number of fatalities to 7,251.

In the last 3 weeks, Champaign County has seen its average daily COVID-19 cases double. Champaign County reported 15 new cases Thursday, for a total of 1,091. Macon County reported 3 new COVID-19 cases, and the county now has a total of 262 cases and 23 total deaths. Vermilion County also reported 3 new cases Thursday. They include people in their 70s, 40s and 20s. The county has 27 active cases, but no one is currently hospitalized. – Lecia Bushak, Illinois Newsroom

Public Health Officials Announce Coronavirus Mitigation Plan To Prevent Resurgence

July 15, 4:10 p.m. – Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced a new coronavirus mitigation plan Wednesday to help prevent a resurgence of cases. In the last three weeks, Illinois’ average daily case numbers have risen by 34%, although case numbers remain much lower than their peak in May. Pritzker says rising cases may be tied to youth sports, secret parties, bars and churches. He says the state will be ready to “sound the alarm” if metrics show a region experiencing a resurgence, such as seeing a sustained increase in its 7-day rolling average positivity rate, or a drop in hospital capacity below 20%.

In the case of a surge, regions may have to reduce indoor dining capacity or place greater limits on gatherings. In severe cases, they may have to stop in-person dining or recreational activities completely. Public health officials have now divided the state into 11 new regions to monitor the coronavirus. Champaign, Macon and Coles County are in the East-Central region.

On Wednesday, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) reported 1,187 new COVID-19 cases, as well as a low death count of eight. The state has now seen 156,693 total cases and 7,226 people have died. In the last day, IDPH conducted more than 38,000 COVID-19 tests. – Lecia Bushak, Illinois Newsroom

Coles County Confirms 8 New COVID-19 cases; Illinois Reports 707

July 14, 5:12 p.m. – Illinois public health officials announced 707 new coronavirus cases Tuesday. That brings the state’s total number of cases to 155,506. There were 25 additional deaths in the last day, and the state’s total fatalities have now reached 7,218. The statewide positivity rate saw a slight increase from 2.6% to 3% in the last week. But Illinois’ daily cases remain about 70% lower than the peak in May.

Champaign County reported 19 new cases Tuesday for a total of 1,065. In Coles County, public health officials announced 8 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday, for a total of 209 cases. And Macon County confirmed one new case Tuesday, for a total of 255. – Lecia Bushak, Illinois Newsroom

Coronavirus Concerns Force Cancellation of Chicago Marathon

July 13 9:40 p.m. — The Bank of America Chicago Marathon has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. In a statement Monday, marathon organizers and city officials cited the challenge of staging the large-scale Oct. 11 event while COVID-19 concerns endure. As of Sunday, Chicago’s health department reported 55,184 confirmed cases of the virus and 2,682 deaths due to complications from COVID-19. Chicago’s event typically draws about 45,000 runners and wheelchair athletes, and more than one million spectators. mayor Lori Lightfoot says she is personally disappointed at the cancellation. The Boston Marathon and New York Marathon have also been canceled because of the pandemic. – Associated Press

Gov. Pritzker Urges Caution As Illinois Cases, Statewide Positivity Rate Rise Slightly

July 13, 5:30 p.m. – Illinois reported 883 new COVID-19 cases Monday, as well as six more deaths. There have now been 154,799 total cases in Illinois since the pandemic began, and 7,193 people have died. Over the weekend, Gov. J.B. Pritzker said in a tweet that he was concerned about rising cases and a small increase in positivity rates across the state. He urged people to wear face masks to avoid sliding backwards. The statewide positivity rate has risen slightly to 3% after being as low as 2.6% in recent weeks. That’s likely due to the increase in cases Illinois is seeing—with a 56% increase in average daily cases in the last three weeks.

Champaign County reported 15 new coronavirus cases Monday. The county has now seen 1,046 total cases. And Macon County reported 9 new COVID-19 cases Monday, for a total of 254 cases, along with 23 total deaths. – Lecia Bushak, Illinois Newsroom

Illinois Conducts Nearly 39,000 COVID-19 Tests in 24 Hour Period

July 12, 4:30 p.m. – Illinois public health officials announced 954 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, with 20 additional deaths from the illness. The total number of COVID-19 cases statewide rose to 153,916 and the total number of deaths reached 7,187. State officials also recorded 38,894 tests for COVID-19 in a 24 hour period, bringing the total number of tests conducted to more than 1.9 million. While confirmed cases have risen in recent days, the statewide seven-day average for positive COVID-19 tests out of total performed is 3%, which is still relatively low compared to previous months. 

Champaign County cases topped 1,000 this weekend, with 11 new cases recorded by the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District on Sunday. The county’s total number of cases is now 1,031, and the number of deaths stands at 17. 

The Coles County Public Health Department reported nine additional cases of COVID-19 over the weekend, bringing that county’s case total to 201, with 17 deaths. Coles County public health officials say community spread is partially driven by asymptomatic individuals who ignore social distancing and mask guidelines. They encouraged people to heed the warnings and wear face coverings in public. – Lee Gaines, Illinois Newsroom

Illinois COVID-19 Cases Near 153,000, Cases Surpass 1,000 in Champaign County

July 11, 6:02 p.m. – Illinois COVID-19 cases increased by 1,195 on Saturday for a total of 152,962 statewide, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health website. Another two dozen people died from the illness bringing the death count to 7,168. Saturday is the third day in a row since early June in which new COVID-19 cases in the state totaled more than 1,000. There have been more than 1.9 million COVID-19 tests conducted statewide. The seven-day average for positive COVID-19 tests out of total performed is about 3%. 

In Champaign County, positive cases increased by 22, bringing the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the county to 1,020. The total number of deaths from the illness in Champaign County stands at 17. – Lee Gaines, Illinois Newsroom

Illinois Reports Highest Number Of New Daily COVID-19 Cases In Over A Month

July 9, 4:22 p.m. – Illinois announced 1,108 new COVID-19 cases Thursday. It’s the highest number of cases reported within 24 hours in over a month, signaling that the state’s uptick in cases continues. Illinois’ average daily case numbers have increased by 56% within the last three weeks, though the numbers are still much lower than the peak in May. The new case numbers bring Illinois’ total to 150,450 cases. And 20 additional deaths in the last day brings the fatalities to 7,119.

Meanwhile, the U.S. is seeing a surge of cases in Southern and Western states, reaching the highest number of daily cases Wednesday with more than 59,000 cases reported across the nation. On Wednesday, Gov. J.B. Pritzker called for a national mask mandate, citing that as one of the reasons why Illinois was able to flatten its curve earlier in the spring.

Champaign County is also seeing an uptick in cases in the last several weeks. The county’s average daily cases have doubled in the last three weeks, with 90 new cases confirmed just in the last week. On Wednesday, the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District also announced five additional deaths in that same time period. And Macon County reported two new COVID-19 cases Thursday, for a total of 242. – Lecia Bushak, Illinois Newsroom

Gov. Pritzker Calls For National Mask Mandate

July 8, 4:34 p.m. – Gov. J.B. Pritzker called for a national mask mandate while testifying before the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security Wednesday. He referred to the surge in cases across several states a “national emergency,” and says the federal government needs to do more to provide personal protective gear and testing supplies. He also called for a coordinated national effort to bolster testing and contact tracing.

Illinois reported 980 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday—the highest number of cases reported in one day since June 5. According to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), daily case numbers in the state are still down by around 70% since a high nine weeks ago. But they have seen a slight increase in recent weeks, with average daily case numbers increasing by 52% within the last three weeks. There were an additional 36 deaths reported in Illinois Wednesday, for a total of 7,099. The state’s total cases now stands at 149,432, and the statewide positivity rate remains at 2.6%.

Champaign County reported five new COVID-19 cases Wednesday. According to the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District, the county saw 90 new cases between July 2nd and July 8th, as well as five deaths within that period. All were over the age of 70, and had underlying health conditions. Macon County reported three new COVID-19 cases Wednesday. The county’s total is now up to 241. Currently only one person in Macon County is hospitalized, and 23 people have died since the start of the pandemic. – 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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