SPRINGFIELD, Il. (WTWO/WAWV)– On Tuesday, the Illinois Department of Public Health reported 6,516 new cases of COVID-19.
There are 68 new deaths reported. This brings the total number of deaths to 9,878.
The total number of cases in the state is now 430,018 in 102 counties. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years.
Laboratories have reported 82,435 specimens within the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 7,958,856.
As of Monday night, 3,594 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 755 patients were in the ICU and 326 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.
The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from October 27 – November 2 is 8.2%. This is the number that IDPH has been consistently reporting in its daily releases and is calculated using total cases over total tests. Similar to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, IDPH has been using test positivity for regional mitigation metrics on its website since mid-July. Test positivity is calculated using the number of COVID-19 positive tests over total tests. On October 29, 2020, IDPH began reporting the statewide test positivity in its daily releases. The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from October 27, 2020 – November 2, 2020 is 9.9%.
Case positivity and test positivity rate are both relevant and offer insight into the bigger COVID-19 picture. Case positivity helps us understand whether changes in the number of confirmed cases is due to more testing or due to more infections. Whereas, test positivity accounts for repeated testing and helps us understand how the virus is spreading in the population over time.
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