SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WCIA) – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced 12,022 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus were reported Thursday, as well as 131 additional deaths.
A press release from IDPH listed 22 fatal cases in the following central Illinois counties:
- Cass County: A woman in her 60s and a man in his 60s.
- Champaign County: A man in his 50s, a man in his 70s, and a woman in her 80s.
- DeWitt County: A woman in her 70s.
- Effingham County: A man in his 80s and a woman in her 90s.
- Ford County: A woman in her 90s.
- Iroquois County: A woman in her 80s.
- Macon County: A man in his 70s and a woman in her 80s.
- Mason County: A woman in her 70s.
- Morgan County: A man in his 80s.
- Sangamon County: A man in his 70s, a woman in her 80s, two men in their 80s, and two women in their 90s.
- Shelby County: A woman in her 60s.
- Vermilion County: A man in his 80s.
Since the start of the pandemic, IDPH has reported a total of 697,489 COVID-19 cases and 11,963 deaths connected to the virus. Over the past day, laboratories tested 107,556 specimens for a total 10,212,093.
As of Wednesday night, 6,032 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 in Illinois. Of those, 1,224 patients with the virus were in intensive care units and 724 patients were on ventilators.
The initial case positivity rate for the week of Nov. 19 – 25 was 10.3%. The initial test positivity rate for that same week was 12.0%.