COVID-19 in Illinois: 2 additional deaths reported in Richland County as state death toll nears 8,000

Wabash Valley COVID-19 updates

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WTWO/WAWV) – The Illinois Department of Public Health Friday announced 2,149 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease in Illinois, including 20 additional confirmed deaths.

The Richland County Health Department reported two additional deaths–a male in his 90s and a male in his 80s–for a total of three deaths in the county.

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 229,483 cases, including 7,997 deaths. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years. 

Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 48,383 specimens for a total of 3,924,305. 

The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of the total tests from August 21 – August 27 is 4.1%. 

As of Thursday night, 1,546 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 352 patients were in the ICU and 132 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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