Illinois public health officials Thursday announced 6,363 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19, a new daily high for the state. There were also 56 additional fatalities. That brings the statewide total to 395,458 confirmed cases and 9,675 deaths.
The previous high was 6,161 last Saturday and it was the second straight day with more than 6,000 cases reported. There were 83,056 tests in the previous 24 hours, only the sixth time that the state has had more than 80,000 tests reported in a single day. The seven-day statewide positivity rate is 6.9%.
Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker Wednesday said Lake and McHenry counties will become the 8th of 11 regions in his reopening plan where coronavirus metrics have exceeded state thresholds, leading to tighter restrictions. Indoor bar and dining service will be banned in those counties beginning Saturday after the average positivity rate exceeded 8% for three consecutive days, the governor’s office said.
Here’s what’s happening Thursday with COVID-19 in the Chicago area and Illinois:
1:10 p.m.: Illinois sees another record daily high, another region gets hit with tighter restrictions
Illinois set another daily record high Thursday for newly confirmed cases of COVID-19, and another region was set to be put under tougher rules for restaurants, bars and gatherings under Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s reopening plan.
The state reported 6,363 newly diagnosed cases and 56 additional deaths of people with COVID-19. That raises the statewide totals to 395,458 known cases and 9,675 deaths throughout the course of the pandemic, according to state data.
The previous daily high for new cases was 6,161 last Saturday.
The new cases reported Thursday come from a batch of 83,056 tests conducted during a 24-hour period.
Hospitalizations of people with COVID-19 are also rising, as of Wednesday night 3,030 people in the state were in the hospital, with 643 in intensive care units and 269 patients on ventilators.
Central Illinois has largely been spared from firmer state-imposed restrictions on businesses and gathering sizes.
But the 18-county west-central region of the state that includes Springfield and Quincy reached a positivity rate at or above 8% for the third consecutive day, one of the ways a region can trigger a rollback in its reopening under Pritzker’s plan.
The region will be the ninth of 11 regions in the state to come under state rules that call for temporarily suspending indoor dining and bar service and lowering gathering caps to 25 people, from 50.
12:58 p.m.: Park Ridge restaurants file suit against governor’s indoor dining ban; some plan to defy order
Five Park Ridge restaurant owners filed a lawsuit this week against Gov. J.B. Pritzker, objecting to the governor’s latest order shutting down indoor dining at bars and restaurants.
The lawsuit, filed in Cook County Circuit Court late Wednesday, claims Pritzker lacks the authority to issue the executive order because the emergency powers he used to issue it expired in April.
The lawsuit’s argument is similar to that in other legal challenges filed against Pritzker’s executive orders…