Coronavirus Illinois: IL COVID-19 deaths top 6.2K with nearly 132K total cases

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Illinois' confirmed COVID-19 cases grew by more than 670 on Saturday.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 673 new coroanvirus cases, including 29 deaths. A total of 131,871 people have been infected with the virus in Illinois, while 6,289 have died.

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Labs ran a total of 21,844 tests over a 24-hour period, bringing the total number of tests conducted to 1,168,945. Over the past seven days, just 3% of tests were positive, continuing a downward trend.

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An online memorial has been created to remember thousands of Chicagoans who have died after being infected with the coronavirus.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced the virtual memorial's launch on Friday.

People can submit stories about family, friends and neighbors through the city's website. More than 2,300 residents of the city have died since the start of the pandemic, according to Chicago public health officials.

"In light of the current situation, the way we mourn and celebrate one's life needs to be reimagined," Lightfoot said in a statement. "The Virtual Memorial is just one way to help Chicagoans cope with the sudden loss of their loved one to COVID-19, but also to celebrate their lives and memories."

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Northwestern Memorial Hospital announced Thursday it recently conducted the first known successful double lung transplant on a woman recovering from COVID-19 in the U.S.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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