Illinois’ COVID-19 positivity rate at 3.4% for second straight day
Labs have processed more than 140,000 tests in the last two days.
SPRINGFIELD — The COVID-19 positivity rate was at 3.4% Saturday as more than 70,000 coronavirus tests were processed for the second day in a row.
The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 2,442 new cases of coronavirus COVID-19 statewide, including 31 deaths.
Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 300,088 cases, including 8,774 deaths, in 102 counties in Illinois. As of Saturday 5,834,762 tests have been administered. There are currently 1,535 people reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 361 patients were in the ICU and 140 were on ventilators.
Meanwhile restrictions in Region 1 of the state’s Restore Illinois COVID-19 mitigation plan, an area that includes Winnebago and Boone counties, went into effect Saturday. The restrictions again limit bars and restaurants to carryout and outdoor service. Establishments must close at 11 p.m.
Meetings, gatherings and social events are also effected. Each is limited to 25 guests or 25% of overall room capacity. Gaming parlors must close 11 p.m. Facilities are limited to 25% capacity and follow mitigations for bars and restaurants.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Friday that the Illinois State Police would in Rockford over the weekend to enforce the restrictions.