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Illinois surpasses 10,000 tests per day, identifies 2,724 new cases; 107 deaths reported

Illinois surpassed 10,000 coronavirus tests in a 24-hour period for the first time, a goal that Gov. JB Pritzker set early on in the pandemic.

Illinois received results from more than 16,000 tests between Thursday and Friday. The Illinois Department of Public Health announced 2,724 new cases of COVID-19 and 107 additional deaths statewide Friday.

Illinois has now seen 39,658 positive cases of the virus. A total of 1,795 people have died throughout the state. The state has tested 186,219 people.

“We also saw the greatest number of test results that were reported in a 24-hour period, with over 16,000 specimens,” IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike said. “When you test more people, you’re going to find more cases.”

As of Friday, Chicago has seen 16,112 confirmed cases of COVID-19, while the rest of Cook County has seen 11,504.

Lake County has seen 2,717 confirmed cases, DuPage 2,219, Will 2,009, Kane 962, McHenry 459, Kendall 191, Ogle 75, DeKalb 68, Whiteside 53, La Salle 42, Grundy 28, Lee 18, Bureau nine and Carroll seven.

Newly reported deaths Friday included 81 deaths in Cook County. Seven people died in DuPage, five in Lake and Will, two in Kankakee and Madison, and one each in Boone, Clinton, Jefferson, McHenry, Sangamon and Whiteside counties.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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