COVID-19 Claims 6 Illinois Lives, Lowest Level In Weeks

WBBM Newsradio Staff
July 06, 2020 - 3:44 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM Newsradio) — Illinois deaths related to COVID-19 continue on a downward trend. For the second day in a row, state health officials on Monday reported six new deaths related to novel coronavirus.

The latest numbers are low when compared with the daily death tolls reported earlier this year as coronavirus spread in Illinois and threatened to overwhelm Chicago area hospitals. On May 13, for example, Illinois health authorities reported 192 deaths related to novel coronavirus in a 24-hour period.

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The last time the state’s death toll was lower than six people was on March 25; three deaths were reported.

Meantime, the state on Monday reported 614 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease. Even though Illinois is processing tens of thousands of tests on a daily basis, the “positivity rate” — samples confirming someone has the virus — is 2.6%, which is considered low, especially when compared with states that have double-digit rates.

Officials have warned Illinoisans from letting their guard down so that Illinois can avoid the type of surges seen in southern and western states that may have reopened too quickly.