Illinois confirms 1,541 new cases of coronavirus, one additional death


CHICAGO (AP) – More than 1,500 additional cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed in Illinois and one person has died of the virus, state health officials said Sunday.

The 1,541 confirmed cases bring the total statewide to 171,424 cases since the start of the pandemic. State officials estimate that 95% of people have recovered.

The Illinois Department of Public Health has reported 7,398 deaths total.

The seven-day average of positive results for COVID-19 among all tests performed in the state is at 3.7%, compared to Saturday’s figure of 3.6%.

On Friday, Gov. J.B. Pritzker said four of Illinois’ 102 counties had reached “warning level” status for increased numbers of confirmed cases.

State officials said Adams, LaSalle, Peoria and Randolph counties saw outbreaks due to various risk factors, including numerous bars failing to comply with social distancing and mask requirements and large gatherings.

The warnings don’t automatically change an area’s lockdown level. State officials have said the warning is intended to help local officials and the public make informed decisions about their activities.

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