The state’s rolling seven-day positivity rate increased by one-tenth of a percentage point for the fourth straight day Wednesday, hitting 4.4 percent. That’s a full percentage point increase since July 24.
For the first time, the state surpassed 50,000 tests results reported in a 24-hour period, with 50,299 completed tests yielding 2,295 confirmed cases–a one-day positivity rate of 4.6 percent.
IDPH also reported another 25 virus-linked deaths, bringing the total casualties since the pandemic began to 7,806. There have been 211,889 confirmed cases among 3.48 million tests completed since the pandemic began.
Two days after Gov. JB Pritzker announced increased restrictions in Region 4 of the state’s mitigation plan, the Metro East area remains the only region of 11 that has warranted such a state action. As of Saturday, Aug. 15, Region 4’s rolling positivity rate was 9.5 percent and had increased for nine of the past 10 days.
Southern Illinois’ Region 5 had a positivity rate of 7.2 percent which was the next highest, followed by Region 7 in Kankakee and Will Counties at 6.7 percent, west-central Illinois’ Region 3 (which includes Montgomery County) at 6.2 percent and suburban Cook County at 6.1 percent.
All other regions ranged from 2.2 percent in east-central Illinois’ Region 6 to 5.7 percent in north-central Illinois’ Region 2, which includes Peoria and several surrounding counties.
Locally, the Montgomery County Health Department reported eight new cases since Sunday for a positivity rate of 2.7 percent this week, half the 5.4 percent positivity rate during the mid-July surge here.
Statewide numbers remained slightly above pandemic lows at the end of Tuesday as well, 1,519 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 334 patients were in the ICU and 144 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.