Illinois surpasses 600,000 cases in pandemic, 11k deaths Wednesday

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CHICAGO – For the first time since early November, Illinois has reported less than 10,000 cases in a 24-hour period.

The Illinois Department of Public Health announced 8,922 newly confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in Illinois Wednesday afternoon, including 140 deaths.

Among Wednesday’s deaths included three residents of Will County.

There have now been 606,771 cases throughout the pandemic, including 11,014 deaths. The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from November 11 – November 17, 2020 is now 14.2%.

In Region 7, positivity climbed to set new records again Wednesday.  The Will-Kankakee Region continues to lead all Regions in Illinois overall positivity, now an all-time high 20.7%.

Hospital stats continue to remain in warning levels across Region 7.  Med surg bed availability fell to 11% Wednesday while ICU bed availability remained within warning levels at 16%.  Less than 24 hours after Kankakee reported a daily positivity record of 30%, the area fell to 27.5% Sunday.  Kankakee County’s weekly rolling positivity rate is now 22.7%.  In Will County, weekly positivity continues to hover around 20%, now at 20.1%.

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