SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WTWO/WAWV) – On Tuesday, the Illinois Department of Public Health reported 7,538 new confirmed cases of COVID-19. This makes a total of 437,556 cases. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years. Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 71,857 specimens for a total 8,030,713.
As of last night, 3,761 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 776 patients were in the ICU and 327 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.
There were 55 additional deaths reported, bringing the total deaths to 9,933.
The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from Oct. 28 – Nov. 3 is 8.5%. 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 Oct. 28, 2020 – Nov. 3, 2020 is 10.1%.
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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