Gov. Pritzker warns of regional shutdowns as Illinois coronavirus cases on the rise

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CHICAGO, Ill. (WTVO) — Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker warned that further mitigation efforts may soon be required to prevent the further spread of coronavirus as cases in the state continue to climb.

Health officials said 1,759 new cases of COVID-19 and 30 additional coronavirus-related deaths have been confirmed over the past day Wednesday.

According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, more than 46,000 tests were performed in the last 24 hours, the second-highest increase reported since the start of the pandemic. Officials have been ramping up testing as the virus is seeing a resurgence both in Illinois and across the country.

The statewide 7-day positivity rate from July 29-August 4 remains at 3.9 percent, near where it has been for the past week after rates began to climb in late June. To date, 186,471 cases of COVID-19 and 7,573 related deaths have been confirmed in Illinois.

The average number of cases measured over the past 14 days continues to rise since reaching its lowest point around late June. However, the 14-day average for coronavirus-related deaths is around 16 as of Wednesday, near the lowest point its reached since infection rates began to fall.

Hospitalizations statewide remain within limits set by the state as well, with 1,552 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Tuesday night, including 368 in intensive care and 129 on ventilators.

With the annual flu season on the horizon, Pritzker warned that someone suffering from both the flu and COVID-19 at the same time could face a potentially life-threatening situation. The governor urged all Illinois residents to get a flu shot.

Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike added, “If we don’t take further steps, numbers will continue to go up,” and added “Anyone who thinks wearing a mask doesn’t help, you are just wrong.”

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