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Decrease in hospitalization in COVID-19 seen in Illinois, surpasses 100k total cases

Illinois Department of Public Health officials announced 2,388 new cases on Wednesday as the state surpassed 100,000 total cases, now standing at 100,418 cases to date.  In the past 24 hours, 147 new deaths were announced, bringing death totals to 4,525 in the state since the pandemic began.

In Kankakee, the County is expected to surpass 1,000 cases sometime tomorrow.  Today 25 new cases were announced bringing totals to 992.  Today’s cases included 2 children under the age of 13.

IDPH announced overall hospitalization cases have seen a decrease. “We are seeing a decrease in the numbers of people hospitalized, the numbers of people in the ICU and the numbers of individuals on the ventilators associated with COVID-19.” IDPH Director Dr. Ezike said Wednesday. “As of last night, 3,914 individuals were reported to be hospitalized with COVID-19 across the state.  Of those, 1,005 were in the ICU and 554 were on ventilators.” 

“This is the lowest number since we were capturing these numbers that we have had for COVID patients in the hospital.” Dr. Ezike stated.

Since testing began, 642,713 people across the state have been tested from ages less than one to over 100 for the deadly pandemic.

“We have seen our positivity rate drop,” Governor Pritzker said during this afternoon’s press conference.  “Our current 7 day average is 10.3 percent.  We are by no means out of the woods, the virus is still causing sickness and taking lives.  But directionally, things are getting better.”

The Governor proceeded to announced alternations to Phase 3 reopening, including allowing for Bars & Restauratns reopen for outdoor only service.

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