IDPH says over 5 million residents have recieved COVID-19 tests in Illinois

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SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) officials announced Saturday over 5 million residents have been tested in Illinois since the pandemic began.

As of Saturday, Region 7 reported a seven-day rolling positivity rate of 5.9 percent, marking a fourth day below the 6.5 percent benchmark set by IDPH.

The announcement came as IDPH reported 2,529 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 25 additional confirmed deaths.

Among today’s newly announced deaths included two residents of Will County.

IDPH is reporting a total of 272,856 cases, including 8,436 deaths, in 102 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years. The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from September 12 – September 18 is 3.5%.  Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 74,286 specimens for a total of 5,057,142. 

As of last night, 1,469 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19.  Of those, 326 patients were in the ICU and 141 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.   

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