SOUTHERN ILLINOIS – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Wednesday announced 1,598 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 23 additional confirmed deaths.
The 24-hour case tally is the state’s highest since June 2, and marked a third consecutive day of a positivity rate increase.
IDPH Director Ngozi Ezike said the threat needs to be “taken seriously” and not to undo the the gains the state has made.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker said if numbers continue to increase, some areas may face restrictions again.
Local case breakdown:
- Williamson County: six
- Gallatin County: four (three cases in isolation and one hospitalized)
- Jackson and Saline counties: three each
- Johnson and Massac counties: two each
- Alexander, Hardin and White counties one each
- All cases (with the exception of Gallatin County as noted above) are in isolation.
Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 165,301 cases, including 7,347 deaths, in 102 counties in Illinois. Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 39,633 specimens for a total of 2,348,487. The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from July 15-21 is 3.2 percent.