CHICAGO — The State of Illinois reported 5,368 new cases of COVID-19 after processing backlog tests.
Earlier this week, a slowdown in data processing within Illinois Department of Public Health systems affected the reporting of tests due to the large volume of testing occurring in Illinois, the state said.
According to the health department, all available resources were deployed to improve the data systems, which are now fixed, and the backlog created by the slowdown has been cleared.
The state also reported 29 additional confirmed deaths in the following counties:
- Bond County: 1 male 70s
- Cook County: 1 male 40s, 2 males 50s, 2 females 70s, 1 male 80s
- Cumberland County: 1 female 90s
- Edgar County: 1 female 90s
- Henry County: 1 male 90s
- Kankakee County: 1 male 90s
- Lake County: 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s
- LaSalle County: 1 female 80s
- Macoupin County: 1 male 70s
- Madison County: 2 male 70s
- McHenry County: 1 male 80s
- McLean County: 1 male 90s
- Moultrie County: 1 female 90s
- Perry County: 1 male 60s
- Richland County: 1 female 90s
- Rock Island County: 1 female 60s, 1 female 90s
- Stark County: 1 male 80s
- Tazewell County: 1 female 80s
- Will County: 1 female 70s
- Williamson County: 1 female 80s, 1 female 90s
Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 245,371 cases, including 8,143 deaths, in 102 counties in Illinois.
The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from Aug. 28 – Sept. 3 is 4.1%.
As of Thursday, 1,621 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 360 patients were in the ICU and 155 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.
(This story was originally published on Sept. 4 2020)