COVID-19 in Illinois: 12,702 new confirmed, probable cases reported

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WTWO/WAWV) – The Illinois Department of Public Health on Thursday reported 12,702 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease throughout the state including 43 additional deaths.

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 536,542 cases, including 10,477 deaths, in 102 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years. 

Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 100,617 specimens for a total 8,765,100. 

As of Wednesday night, 5,258 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 956 patients were in the ICU and 438 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators. 

The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from November 5– November 11 is 12.6%.  The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from November 5, 2020 – November 11, 2020 is 13.9%.

IDPH on Wednesday released additional recommendations for how best for Illinoisans to keep themselves and their families safe as cases continue to rise in the state.

For the next three weeks, IDPH is asking people to stay home as much as possible, leaving only for necessary and essential activities, such as work if working from home is not an option, buying groceries and visiting the pharmacy. 

CDC and IDPH recommend limiting travel no matter the distance. In the current situation, with a rising prevalence of the virus, attending even small gatherings that mix households, or traveling to areas that are experiencing high rates of positivity, is not advised, according to state health officials.

For health questions about COVID-19, call the hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email dph.sick@illinois.gov.

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