COVID-19 in Illinois: Clark County sees first virus death

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State reports more than 46,000 tests in one day

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WTWO/WAWV) – The Illinois Department of Public Health on Wednesday announced 1,759 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease throughout the state, including 30 additional confirmed deaths.

Clark County reported its first COVID-related death: a male in his 60s

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 186,471 cases, including 7,573 deaths. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years. 

Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 46,668 specimens for a total of 2,896,063. 

The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from July 29 – August 4 is 3.9%.  Region 6, which includes counties in the WTWO/WAWV coverage area, is currently showing a positivity rate of 3%.

As of Wednesday night, 1,552 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19.  Of those, 368 patients were in the ICU and 129 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

For health questions about COVID-19, call the hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email

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