State health officials announced today that 117 more Illinois residents have died from COVID-19, while 6,642 new cases of the disease were diagnosed as well.
That brings the state’s death toll from the respiratory disease to 17,743, while 1,040,168 people in the state have been infected throughout the pandemic.
The state’s seven-day average case positivity rate is at 7.5%, the fourth straight day it has declined. The rate is used to determine the level of spread throughout a specific population and health officials use a seven-day average to smooth out any daily anomalies in new cases and test results.
Throughout the state, 3,553 patients are hospitalized with the virus. Of those hospitalized, 757 are in intensive care, according to Illinois Department of Public Health figures.
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January 12, 2021 at 12:43PM