Illinois passes 100,000 in confirmed COVID-19 cases


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WMBD) — The Illinois Department of Public Health announced an additional 2,388 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the statewide total to 100,418.

Additionally, 147 more deaths have been reported, which brings the total number of fatalities to 4,525. Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 21,029 specimens for a total of 642,713.

Health officials said the number of individuals hospitalized with COVID-19 dropped for the first time since the pandemic began.

IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike said there is “good news” to report when it comes to the number of people hospitalized with the virus. There are currently 3,914 hospitalized with the disease, including 1,005 in intensive care and 554 on ventilators.

“This is the lowest number since we were capturing these numbers that we have had for COVID patients in the hospital,” Ezike said.

Additionally, the statewide positivity rate, which reflects the total percent tests that came back positive between May 11 and 17, remains steady at 14 percent.

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