Illinois Reports 9,887 Cases, 208 Coronavirus Deaths

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Illinois public health officials reported 9,887 COVID-19 cases and 208 related deaths Saturday, the second-highest daily death total since the start of the pandemic.

The Illinois Department of Public Health said some data reported to IDPH is delayed from the weekends, including this past holiday weekend, when reporting the record-high 238 deaths Wednesday.

"Higher case numbers and higher numbers of hospitalizations do lead to, tragically, even more lives lost," Gov. JB Pritzker said.

The total number of cases in Illinois now stands at 779,975, with a total of 13,179 deaths.

Over a 24-hour period, officials said the state processed 102,678 specimens. In total there have been 11,021,676 specimens tested since the start of the pandemic in Illinois.

The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from Nov. 28 - Dec. 4 is 11.9%.

The test positivity rate is a metric the state began providing in late October. It is calculated by using the total number of positive tests over the total number of tests. This is the metric being used to by state health officials to make decisions about mitigations.

As of Friday night, 5,331 people in Illinois were reported to be hospitalized with COVID-19. Of those, 1,134 patients were in the ICU with COVID-19 and 694 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.