Illinois reports 1,257 new cases of COVID-19, including 25 additional deaths

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Cases of coronavirus have increased by more than 1,200, according to Illinois health officials said Thursday.

There are also another 25 additional deaths attributed to COVID-19 statewide, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

The announcement continues an upward trend of cases statewide in the past week.

The state’s rolling seven-day positivity rate, the number of confirmed cases out of those tested, is now 3.1%, up from about 2.6% a week ago.

There are now a total of 7,251 deaths in Illinois from COVID-19, and a total of 157,950 cases, according to the health department.

On Wednesday, Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced that Illinois would be split up into 11 regions, up from four, to allow for a more targeted coronavirus response.