Coronavirus Illinois: IL COVID-19 cases increase by 1,317 as state testing positivity rate rises

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Illinois reported a rise in the statewide coronavirus testing positivity rate Friday.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported on Friday that the state's seven-day positivity for cases as a percent of total tests from July 3 -July 9 is 2.9%. On Thursday, the rate reported was 2.6%.

Illinois' confirmed coronavirus cases increased by 1,317, including 25 deaths, on Friday. There's now a total of 151,767 COVID-19 cases and 7,144 deaths statewide.

Within the last 24 hours, Illinois performed 32,987 tests, bringing the state's total to more than 1.9 million.

On Thursday, Illinois set a new single-day testing record with 36,180 tests performed.

RELATED: Illinois National Guard winds down service at state's COVID-19 testing sites

The Illinois National Guard's deployment to establish and support the state's COVID-19 testing sites is drawing to a close.

State leaders recently announced that the Illinois National Guard will hand over operations of 11 state-run testing sites to civilian contractors this month.

Over the past four months, thousands of service members have averaged 45-day deployments, followed by a 14-day quarantine, all away from their families to prevent the virus' spread.

In addition to running those testing sites, the Guard was involved in logistics, including deliveries to McCormick Place.

A small number of members will remain on duty to help with the transition to that civilian workforce.

RELATED: IHSA revises Phase 4 guidelines due to increased COVID-19 cases on high school sports teams

The governing body for Illinois high school sports made changes to its Phase 4 guidelines this week.

The Illinois High School Association said the changes are "due to an increase in positive cases of COVID-19 among high school teams around the state."

IHSA is working with the state's Department of Public Health to limit physical contact and increase mask requirements to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Limiting physical contact also extends to sports games and competitions against other schools, including 7-on-7 in football, an IHSA spokesperson said.

Earlier this week, Lake County, Illinois, health officials issued a warning about rising cases among younger residents.

Health officials there said since June 25, cases reported in Lake County residents under 30 have risen, while the cases in the general population have remained steady. Health officials believed the rise is the result of summer gatherings and a lack of social distancing.

Chicago health officials made a similar finding; the group with the most cases in the last week are 18 to 29 year olds, who comprise nearly 30 percent of new infections.

Multiple cases have been linked to a Lake Zurich High School athletic camp, and all athletic camps at the school have been suspended until further notice. Officials declined to say how many students were infected.

As a precaution, all participants in the football, baseball and poms summer camps specifically have been asked to self-isolate for 14 days.

Officials said the students tested positive Monday, and the infections may stem from a party or gathering before the start of camp. Contact tracers are currently working to determine the extent of the outbreak.

"A lot of young people might think that they're not at risk because they're not in that higher risk group for severe illness for COVID-19, but the truth is younger people are just as likely as older adults to get infected with COVID-19 and to be able to spread it to others," said Hannah Goering, Lake County Health Department.

An individual participating in athletic activities at Vernon Hills High School also tested positive. It was not immediately clear if that case was linked to the cases at Lake Zurich High School.
As of Wednesday afternoon there was no indication that Vernon Hills would also cancel summer sports.

Officials say all of this is a reminder that the virus is still out there, and that face coverings and social distancing are critical.

Coronavirus testing: Where to get tested for COVID-19 in Illinois, Chicago area

New deaths from COVID-19 reported across Illinois include the following:

- Cass County: 1 female 80s
- Cook County: 3 females 60s, 2 males 60s, 1 unknown 60s, 3 females 70s, 2 males 70s, 2 females 80s, 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s, 1 male 90s
- DuPage County: 1 male 70s

- Lake County: 1 female 70s
- McHenry County: 1 female 80s
- Peoria County: 1 female 90s
- Will County: 1 female 70s
- Winnebago County: 1 male 60s, 2 males 80s

Earlier this week, Gov. JB Pritzker said the state is rolling out 12 mobile testing teams in Illinois, which will be prepared to visit meat factories, nursing homes and homeless shelters.

The mobile testing sites will offer drive-through and walk-up testing free of charge to any Illinois resident.

The sites will be in South Chicago, Rock Island, Cicero, Brighton Park, Springfield and East St. Louis

Gov. Pritzker recently testified before a House of Representatives committee on the response to the coronavirus pandemic, calling for a national mask mandate and stronger national testing.
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