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Illinois COVID-19 daily case total includes probable and confirmed cases

SPRINGFIELD — The The Illinois Department of Public Health’s daily COVID-19 case count includes both probable and confirmed cases of the respiratory disease.

“Case positivity helps us understand whether changes in the number of confirmed cases is due to more testing or due to more infections,” the IDPH said in a release. “Whereas, test positivity accounts for repeated testing and helps us understand how the virus is spreading in the population over time.”

The IDPH has been combining probable and confirmed cases since Nov. 6.

“A confirmed case is laboratory confirmed via molecular test,” the release says. “A probable case meets clinical criteria AND is epidemiologically linked or has a positive antigen test.”

If a probable case is later confirmed, the case will be de-duplicated and only counted once. Probable deaths and confirmed deaths are reported separately.

The state reported 10,573 cases of COVID-19 and 14 new deaths Monday. Since the beginning of the pandemic, there have been 498,560 cases and 10,210 fatalities.

State laboratories processed 64,760 COVID-19 tests in the last 24 hours, for a total 8,469,064.

As of Sunday night, 4,409 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19 symptoms. Of those, 857 patients were in the ICU and 376 were on ventilators.

The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from Nov. 2 – Nov. 8 is 11.4%. The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from Nov. 2 – November 8, 2020 is 12.4%.