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Chicago’s top health official said Thursday that it has been “not a good week for COVID,” with cases up 30% compared to the same point one week prior.
Her warning came as sources said the city is expected to announce a plan for the second quarter of the school year, bringing some students back but keeping most remote.
Meanwhile, the state of Illinois set a new one-day record for new coronavirus cases on Thursday, reporting more than 4,000 new cases.
Here are the latest updates from across Illinois on the coronavirus pandemic today (Oct. 16):
Illinois Reports Records for Daily Cases and Tests as Positivity Rate Rises Above 5%
For the second day in a row, Illinois set a record for daily new coronavirus cases, topping 4,000 again as the state reported its highest single-day testing total since the pandemic began.
Illinois health officials on Friday reported 4,554 new coronavirus cases, a record high one-day total, as well as 38 additional deaths.
The Illinois Department of Public Health said the new cases bring the statewide totals to 336,174 cases and 9,165 deaths since the pandemic began.
A total of 87,759 tests were performed in the previous 24 hours, officials said, marking another record, barring totals reported on Sept. 4 when officials processed a backlog of tests due to a data processing delay.
State health officials on Thursday began including both molecular and antigen tests in its number of statewide tests performed. IDPH said that antigen tests previously comprised less than 1% of tests performed and were not included before due to a “limited number of antigen tests and limited information about antigen test accuracy.”
But Illinois health officials said Thursday that antigen tests were becoming more readily available, and would therefore be included in the daily counts.
The record high number of cases can’t be entirely attributed to the large amount of tests conducted, however, because although a high number of tests were reported, the 7-day rolling statewide positivity rate also jumped from 4.9% to 5.1% on Friday, continuing a gradual rise and crossing 5% for the first time in several weeks.
As of Thursday night, 2,016 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 410 patients were in the ICU and 151 patients were on ventilators.
Quarantine Requirement Begins for Anyone Coming to Chicago From Indiana
A quarantine requirement for anyone traveling to Chicago from Indiana began Friday as the state was officially added to the city’s emergency travel order.
Officials announced Tuesday that Indiana and three other states would be added to Chicago’s travel order, effective Friday, with few exceptions to the quarantine…