IDPH: 2 new COVID-19 deaths reported in Edgar County Saturday

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WTWO/WAWV) — Two new COVID-19 deaths were reported in Edgar County Saturday as the state death toll rose by 25 to 8,436.

According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, the Edgar County deaths were of two females, one in her 60s and one in her 80s. The county has now reported a total of seven deaths since the start of the pandemic, with its first two deaths reported two weeks ago on Sept. 3.

The IDPH on Saturday also reported 2,529 new confirmed cases statewide for a total of 272,856 cases.

The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from September 12 – September 18 is 3.5%.

Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 74,286 specimens for a total of 5,057,142. According to state health officials, it is the highest number of tests in one day.

As of Friday night, 1,469 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19.  Of those, 326 patients were in the ICU and 141 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

For health questions about COVID-19, call the hotline at (800) 889-3931 or email dph.sick@illinois.gov.

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