5,742 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Illinois, including 156 deaths

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Health officials announced over 5,700 new cases of coronavirus in Illinois and 156 additional deaths Friday.

Illinois Department of Public Health reported 5,742 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19.

Currently, state health officials report a total of 930,849 cases, including 15,799 deaths, since the pandemic began.

Within the past 24 hours, labs have reported 98,958 specimens for a total 12,881,938.

As of last night, 4,352 in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 928 patients were in the ICU and 538 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from December 18 – December 24, 2020 is 7.1%. The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from December 18 – December 24, 2020 is 8.6%.

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