SPRINGFIELD, Il. (WTWO/WAWV)—On Sunday, the Illinois Department of Public Health reported 10,009 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19. This brings the total to 487,987 cases.
There were 42 additional deaths, bringing the total number of deaths to 10,196.
Within the past 24 hours, there have been 90,757 reported specimens for a total 8,404,304.
As of Saturday night, 4,303 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 833 patients were in the ICU and 368 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.
The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from Nov. 1 – Nov. 7 is 10.6%. 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 Oct. 29, 2020, IDPH began reporting the statewide test positivity in its daily releases. The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from Nov. 1, 2020 – Nov. 7, 2020 is 12.0%.
Case positivity helps IDPH understand whether changes in the number of confirmed cases is due to more testing or due to more infections. Test positivity accounts for repeated testing and helps IDPH understand how the virus is spreading in the population over time.
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