Illinois Department of Public Health Officials Announce 3,059 New Confirmed Cases of Coronavirus Disease

United States: State and Territory Cases Last 7 Days, October 8, 2020 (SOURCE: CDC)
United States: State and Territory Cases Last 7 Days, October 8, 2020 (SOURCE: CDC).

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) reported on Thursday, October 8, 2020 a figure of 3,059 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 32 additional confirmed deaths. More than 72,000 tests were reported in 24 hours. Since October 1, 2020, specimens collected have been over 65,000

Only four other days have reported over 3,000 cases since IDPH began reporting test results on March 1, 2020. Those days were May 1, 2020 (3137); May 12, 2020 (4014); May 14, 2020 (3239); and September 4, 2020 (5368).

The 5,368 positive cases reported on September 4, 2020 were remarkably high due to a fix of a data processing slowdown with 149,273 specimens reported.

On May 14, 2020 there were 22,678 specimens reported in 24 hours.

On May 12, 2020 there were  29,266 specimens reported in 24 hours.

On May 1, 2020 there were  14,821 specimens reported in 24 hours.

September 2020 testing resulted in specimen collection ranging from 22,961 to over 62,000 in late September, and 38,538 to over 71,000 in the first week of October.

Deaths reported for the past 24 hours on Thursday, October 8, 2020 …

Adams County: 1 male 90s
Champaign County: 1 male 30s, 1 female 90s
Clark County: 1 female 80s
Clay County: 1 male 70s
Coles County: 1 female 80s
Cook County: 1 male 50s, 2 female 60s, 3 female 80s
DuPage County: 1 male 70s, 1 male 80s
Fayette County: 1 female 70s
Greene County: 1 female 80s
Kane County: 2 males 70s, 1 female 80s
Livingston County: 1 male 50s
McLean County: 1 male 80s
Montgomery County: 1 female 80s
Saline County: 1 male 60s
Sangamon County: 1 male 50s
Shelby County: 1 female 90s
St. Clair County: 1 male 50s
Tazewell County: 1 female 80s, 1 male 90s
Vermilion County: 1 male 70s
Will County: 1 female 70s, 1 male 80s
Winnebago County: 1 female 90s




Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 310,700 cases, including 8,910 deaths, in 102 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years. The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from October 1 – October 7 is 3.7%. Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 72,491 specimens for a total of 6,105,780. As of last night, 1,755 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 392 patients were in the ICU and 163 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

The positivity rate is up slightly from the last week in September 2020, which was 3.6%

The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from September 16 – September 22 was 3.5%.

The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from September 7 – September 13 was 3.6%.

The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from September 1 – September 7 was 4.0%.

The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from August 24 – August 30 is 4.1%.

IDPH began reporting positivity rate on May 13, 2020, and reported a statewide 7-day rolling positivity rate of 17%. The positivity rate dropped to 7% positivity for cases as a percent of total tests from May 24–May 30.

According to the CDC, Illinois is now one of five states with the highest number of cases in the United States in the past seven days (California, Florida, Illinois, Texas, Wisconsin).

United States: State and Territory Cases Last 7 Days, October 8, 2020
United States: State and Territory Cases Last 7 Days, October 8, 2020.

Following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, IDPH is now reporting separately both confirmed and probable cases and deaths on its website. Reporting probable cases will help show the potential burden of COVID-19 illness and efficacy of population-based non-pharmaceutical interventions. IDPH will update these data once a week.

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