COVID-19 in Illinois: 2,862 new cases statewide; Adjustments made to Region 6 data reporting

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Illinois Department of Public Health on Wednesday reported 2,862 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease throughout the state, including 49 additional confirmed deaths.

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 327,605 cases, including 9,074 deaths, in 102 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years. 

The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from October 7 – October 13 is 4.6%. 

Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 52,669 specimens for a total of 6,463,923. 

As of Tuesday night, 1,974 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19.  Of those, 390 patients were in the ICU and 153 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.  

Beginning Wednesday, IDPH adjusted how data for Region 6, east central Illinois, is reported to most accurately capture spread across the region. Region 6 includes Clark, Crawford, Edgar, Jasper, Lawrence and Richland counties in the Wabash Valley.

Champaign County and its data will continue to be included in Region 6; however, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign saliva testing will be broken out separately. This will allow state health officials to better identify testing needs and trends in the region.

Starting Thursday, IDPH will begin including both molecular and antigen tests in the number of statewide total test performed in Illinois. Previously, due to the limited number of antigen tests and limited information about antigen test accuracy, antigen tests were not included in the total number. 

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

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