COVID-19 in Illinois: 8,256 new cases, 179 additional deaths reported

Wabash Valley COVID-19 updates

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WTWO/WAWV) – The Illinois Department of Public Health Wednesday reported 8,256 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease throughout the state, including 179 additional deaths. 

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 812,430 cases, including 13,666 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 92,737 specimens for a total 11,367,345. 

As of Tuesday night, 5,284 in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 1,176 patients were in the ICU and 647 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators. 
The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from December 2 – December 8, 2020 is 9.6%.  The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from December 2 – December 8, 2020 is 11.4%.

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

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