Rockford, Illinois News

COVID-19 contained in Illinois for the moment; cases still rising in Sunbelt

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health, on Wednesday, announced 828 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 including 30 additional confirmed deaths.

Wednesday marks the 26th day in a row coronavirus cases have been fewer than 1,000 and the 12th in the last 13 days deaths have been fewer than 50.

New deaths include 16 people in Cook County and two in Winnebago County. Winnebago County deaths were a man in his  60s and a man in his 80s.

There have now been 144,013 confirmed cases in Illinois, including 6,951 deaths, in 101 counties. In the 24 hours, laboratories have processed 33,090 COVID-19 tests for a total of 1,636,055. The preliminary seven-day positivity rate based on tests process between June 24 –June 30 is 2.6%.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker has yet to comment on the recent COVID-19 surge, which is primarily confined to the Sunbelt and the west and whether he will scale back Illinois’ reopening plan as a precautionary measure. With most new infections happening in Florida, Georgia, Texas, Arizona, Georgia, Louisiana and Texas, the United States is now seeing nearly 40,000 new cases per day. The recent sure has flooded hospitals in Houston and some facilities in Arizona.

Pritzker said last week that he would pause the Restore Illinois plan if Illinois sees a surge in new cases.