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%.