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Illinois reports 144 additional COVID-19 deaths, 2,219 new cases

On Tuesday afternoon, Illinois reported 144 additional deaths due to COVID-19 and 2,219 new confirmed cases, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health. This marks the highest single-day increase in deaths thus far, and the state has crossed the 2,000 mark for COVID-19 deaths.

Of these deaths, 80 percent were residents from northern Illinois, IDPH Director Ngozi Ezike said. The majority of new COVID-19 deaths were reported in Chicago’s Cook County with 113 additional deaths since Monday, according to IDPH data.

Additionally, Lake County reported six new deaths, Kane County reported two new deaths, DuPage County had six new deaths, McHenry County reported two deaths and eight additional deaths were reported in Will County, according to the IDPH.

In total, 2,125 Illinois residents have died from COVID-19 and there have been 48,102 confirmed cases throughout the state as of Tuesday afternoon.

During Tuesday’s press conference, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker updated the state on the progress the Illinois National Guard has been making in opening new COVID-19 testing centers, one of them in Rockford.

“It is truly extraordinary work,” Gov. Pritzker said.

In the 24-hour period since Monday afternoon, there were 14,561 coronavirus tests processed throughout the state, 2,219 of which showed positive results, according to the IDPH.

This means the state had a positive test rate of 15.2 percent, down from the 15.6 percent rate reported on Monday.

There have been a total of 242,189 coronavirus tests conducted in Illinois thus far, according to the IDPH.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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