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Illinois Sets New Record For Infections As Testing Increases

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This illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in January 2020 shows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois has set a new record for coronavirus infections, fueled by a large increase in testing.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 4,554 confirmed cases. That’s a 13% jump from the record set a day earlier.

There were also 38 additional deaths, bringing the total in Illinois lost to COVID-19 since the pandemic began to 9,165.

Testing for the illness has steadily ramped up, and with it the rate of positive test results, which is now at 5.1% statewide.

Public health spokesman Cris Martinez urged residents to wear a mask, wash their hands and keep their distance from each other.

 

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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