Illinois surpasses 200,000 cases in pandemic

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SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced Thursday the state had surpassed 200,000 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began. That number includes the 1,834 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) today, including 24 additional confirmed death.

Among today’s announced deaths included a man in his 80s from Will County.

The announcement comes days before schools and universities across Illinois reopen.

IDPH is reporting a total of 200,427 cases, including 7,696 deaths, in 102 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years.  Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 46,006 specimens for a total of 3,235,807.  The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from August 6 – August 12 is 4.0%.  As of last night, 1,628 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19.  Of those, 383 patients were in the ICU and 127 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

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