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Illinois Officials Report 4,711 New Coronavirus Cases, 81 Additional Deaths Sunday

Illinois health officials have reported 4,711 new confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases in the state over the last 24 hours, along with 81 additional deaths attributed to the virus.

According to the latest data from the Illinois Department of Public Health, Sunday’s new cases bring the state to 1,028,750 confirmed and probable cases of the virus since the pandemic began, along with 17,574 deaths.

Another 1,719 deaths have been classified as “probable” COVID-19 fatalities, according to IDPH officials.

Over the last 24 hours, 77,775 new test results have been returned to state laboratories, bringing the statewide testing total to 14,103,289.

According to a press release from IDPH, the preliminary seven-day statewide positivity rate on all tests performed is 7.9%, while the positivity rate on unique individuals tested stands at 9.1% during that time.

Hospitalizations continued to decline in Illinois on Sunday, with 3,527 patients currently hospitalized due to COVID-19. Of those patients, 740 are currently in intensive care units, while 391 are on ventilators.

As numbers decline in some regions, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has indicated that Tier 3 mitigations could be rolled back beginning this week in areas that are hitting key benchmarks in hospitalizations, hospital bed availability and positivity rate.

Pritzker is also pushing for more federal help in acquiring doses of two approved coronavirus vaccines, rolling out plans to initiate Phase 1B of the state’s vaccination plan once a sufficient number of health care workers and long-term care workers and residents have received the shots.

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