Illinois COVID Statistics Continue Downward Trend

(WBBM Newsradio) — Illinois coronavirus statistics continue to trend downward, even as the state has entered its Phase 4 of reopening.

The Illinois Department of Public Health on Monday reported an additional 14 people have died from COVID-19, raising the state’s death toll to 6,902.

In addition, there were 738 new confirmed cases, or “positive” test results, taking the statewide total to 142,000 cases since the pandemic began.

The relatively good news: The state’s “positivity rate” — the number of people diagnosed with coronavirus out of the latest pool of people tested — is 2.7%. This is a low percentage, officials say, especially considering Illinois has ramped up its testing.

Most of the newly reported deaths happened in Cook County, the health department said. The individuals ranged in age from a woman in her 30s to a woman in her 90s.

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker has warned residents not to let their guard down, after spending several weeks under a stay-at-home order. Several types of businesses have been allowed to reopen, at reduced capacity or with safeguards in place, as COVID restrictions have been eased.