IDPH: 7,377 new COVID-19 cases; 181 additional deaths

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ILLINOIS (WCIA) — There were 7,377 new confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases announced Friday by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), including 181 additional deaths.

In a news release, health officials included 22 central Illinois residents in the list of additional deaths. Those patients included:

  • A Cass County woman in her 70s
  • A Cumberland County man in his 90s
  • A Douglas County man in his 90s
  • An Effingham County woman in her 100s
  • Four Ford County residents: Three men in their 80s & 90s and a woman in her 90s
  • Two Iroquois County residents: A man and woman in their 70s & 80s
  • Three Livingston County residents: Two women in their 80s and a man in his 70s
  • Three Logan County residents: Two women in their 70s & 80s and a man in his 80s
  • A McLean County woman in her 60s
  • Four Sangamon County residents: Three men in their 50s, 70s & 90s and a woman in her 60s
  • A Shelby County woman in her 70s

IDPH reported a total of 886,805 COVID-19 cases across Illinois, including 15,015 deaths.

Additionally, the public health department stated, “Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 112,292 specimens for a total 12,259,595. The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from December 11 – December 17, 2020 is 8.0%.” They also reported a preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity of 9.7% for the December 11-17 time period.

As of Thursday night, 4,690 people in Illinois were hospitalized with the virus. Of those patients, 1,023 were in the ICU and 589 were on ventilators.

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