Illinois saw a record high number of new coronavirus infections on Thursday as the state simultaneously passed a harsh milestone and the positive rate skyrocketed again.
According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, 9,935 new cases have been reported in the past 24 hours, a record high for the pandemic to date, along with 97 other deaths, the highest number since date. 4/6.
The new deaths brought the statewide death toll to over 10,000 people, reaching 10,030 on Thursday afternoon. The total number of cases across the state increased to 447,491.
New cases raised Illinois’ seven-day positive rate from 8.5 percent to 9.1, the highest level the state has seen since at least late May when the state was on its way down. from the apex of the first coronavirus cases.
The state said 86,015 test results were returned to state laboratories in the past 24 hours, with 8,116,728 test results taken during a pandemic.
Along with an increase in cases and positive rates, the state has also seen a steady increase in viral hospital admissions. According to IDPH data, 3,891 residents are currently hospitalized for the virus. Of those patients, 772 are currently in intensive care and 343 are on mechanical ventilation.