‘We can expect worse to come’- Gov. Pritzker on increase of COVID transmission in Illinois

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill.- Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker painted a concerning picture of the growing spread of COVID in the state. It comes as Illinois set a single-day record of 6,363 new confirmed cases.

“When every single metric in every single corner of our state is trending poorly, we have to take meaningful action to keep our people safe,” said Gov. Pritzker.

Most of the state’s 11 health regions are now facing resurgence mitigation due to rising positivity rates and other metrics.

Gov. Pritzker began Thursday’s briefing by breaking down data seen in the state since Oct. 1:

  • 151% increase in new COVID cases
  • 82% increase in new COVID deaths
  • 73% increase of COVID patients in hospitals
  • 61% increase of COVID patients in ICU

The governor also talked about the state’s testing capabilities. He said Illinois is the best testing state in the Midwest and is averaging 73,000 tests a day. He explained Cook County alone produces more test results each day than 37 other states.

Gov. Pritzker also stressed concern over the state’s growing positivity rate. He said during June and July it was between 2.5% – 3%. Then, up until a few weeks ago it was below 4.5%. Now the 7-day rolling average for Illinois is 8.2%

“Positivity rates alone are cause for action, hospitalizations are a lagging indicator of community spread. We can expect worse to come,” said Gov. Pritzker.

Yesterday, Region 4, which includes the Metro East, returned to COVID resurgence mitigations.

As of Sunday, Region 3 will also enter stricter mitigations. That region includes Jersey, Greene, and Macoupin Counties.

The governor is deploying mobile testing sites to several locations to help slow the spread.

The state is reporting 395,458 cases, including 9,675 deaths.

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