Illinois reports record number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, biggest spike in deaths since late May

Coronavirus Watch Illinois

CHICAGO — Illinois health officials reported 5,042 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 Wednesday, the most since the beginning of the pandemic, as new cases also set another single-day record and deaths in the state spiked to a level not seen since late May.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 12,657 new and probable COVID-19 cases Wednesday, surpassing the record of 12,623 cases set a day earlier, in addition to 145 coronavirus-related deaths, the most reported since May 27 and the fourth biggest increase overall.

With 93,464 new COVID-19 tests reported over the past 24 hours, Illinois is now averaging more than 90,000 daily tests over a seven-day period, data compiled by WGN-TV shows.

According to the IDPH, the number of new cases compared to the number of total tests performed in the state continues to rise as well, with the case positivity rate from November 3-10 coming in at 12.4%.

Following the spike in new coronavirus-related deaths reported Wednesday, Illinois is also averaging more than 71 deaths over a seven-day period, the highest level since early June.

Every region of Illinois is currently under additional coronavirus mitigation measures, while even stricter “Tier 2” restrictions took effect Wednesday in Kankakee, Will, DuPage and Kane counties.

Indoor service is currently not allowed at bars and restaurants statewide, but under “Tier 2” tables are now limited to six people. Additionally, social groups are limited to 10 people.

Of the more than 5,000 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Tuesday night, the IDPH said 951 are in intensive care and 404 are on ventilators. The previous day with the highest number of COVID-19 hospitalizations was April 28, when 5,037 patients were reported to have COVID-19.

While hospital resources statewide remain within guidelines outlined in the Restore Illinois plan, several regions in the Chicago area are nearing its minimum “surge” capacity of 20% of non-intensive care beds, including the South Suburban Region (21%), West Suburban Region (21%) and Cook County outside Chicago (21%).

All three of those regions also reported increases in COVID-19 hospitalizations over at least seven of the past 10 days.

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