CHICAGO - Illinois saw a rise in COVID-19 cases Wednesday as health officials announced 1,598 new cases and 23 additional deaths.
The new cases continue a nearly week-long trend of 1,000-plus daily cases.
The state’s positive rate also inched up to 3.2%, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.
There are now 165,301 cases and 7,347 deaths tied to COVID-19 statewide, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.
Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 39,633 specimens for a total of 2,348,487.
As of Tuesday night, 1,456 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 337 patients were in the ICU and 132 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.
Of the newly reported deaths, 12 of them were in Cook County, the health department said.
Deaths by county include:
- Cook County: 1 male 40s, 1 female 50s, 1 male 50s, 3 females 60s, 1 male 60s, 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s, 2 females 80s, 1 female 90s
- DeKalb County: 1 female 90s
- DuPage County: 1 female 50s
- Kane County: 1 female 70s, 1 female 90s
- Knox County: 1 female 70s
- Lake County: 1 female 70s
- McHenry County: 1 male 50s
- Montgomery County: 1 female 100+
- St. Clair County: 1 female 70s
- Winnebago County: 1 female 70s, 1 female 90s