IDPH: Illinois Has 1,639 New COVID-19 Cases, 8 Deaths

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The Illinois Department of Public Health on Saturday announced 1,639 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state, including eight additional confirmed deaths.

Since the pandemic's start, there have been 180,476 cases, including 7,503 deaths, in 102 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years.  

Following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, IDPH is now reporting both confirmed and probable cases and deaths on its website.  Reporting probable cases will help show the potential burden of the COVID-19 illness and efficacy of population-based non-pharmaceutical interventions.  IDPH will update these data once a week.

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Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 39,809 specimens for a total of 2,739,377.  The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total tests from July 25 to July 31 is 3.9%.  As of Friday night, 1,347 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19.  Of those, 334 patients were in the intensive care unit and 148 patients were on ventilators.

The daily number of coronavirus cases in Illinois hit 1,941 Friday, the highest daily count the state has seen in weeks.  IDPH recently said as many as 3,800 coronavirus test results all linked to one lab, Reditus Labs in Pekin, have been delayed beyond what officials say is appropriate. Now, the health department said it’s working with Reditus to improve its testing operations because results from July 12 to July 24 have been delayed.

The CDC reported on Saturday a total of 4.54 million COVID-19 cases and 152,870 deaths in the U.S.