Illinois reports highest single-day death toll from COVID-19

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CHICAGO -- Illinois health officials on Wednesday announced 192 additional deaths from COVID-19 statewide, the highest number of single-day deaths during the entire pandemic.

There are now 3,792 deaths in Illinois attributable to the coronavirus, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

The health department also reported 1,677 new cases, bringing the state’s total to 84,698.

Wednesday marked the 16th day with more than 100 lives lost to the virus.

In the last 24 hours, state labs have processed 17,668 coronavirus tests. In total, Illinois has administered 489,359 virus tests.

The virus has been reported in 99 of the state's 102 counties. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years.

On Monday, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker said the state may not hit its coronavirus peak until mid-June, according to the latest data. The peak was originally predicted to hit late April, and then mid-May.

Last week, Governor Pritkzer announced a framework for reopening the state. He says the five-phased plan, named Restore Illinois, is guided by public health metrics designed for reopening businesses, schools, and recreational activities in each phase.

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For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness and death.


Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.