Illinois reports 73 more COVID-19 deaths; virus now in 77 counties
By Jim Hagerty
CHICAGO – The death toll in Illinois is now 380, as 73 new coronavirus-related fatalities were reported Tuesday.
New deaths include 41 people in Cook County, including eight women in their 80s, five men in their 80s and a man in his 90s. Two deaths–two men in their 80s– were reported in Winnebago County.
New fatalities were also logged in Champaign, Christian, DuPage, Ford, Kane, Kankakee, Lake, Madison, McHenry, Monroe, Tazwell, and Will counties.
While around 80% of covid-related deaths have been people 60 and older, about 68% of people in Illinois who’ve tested positive are younger than 50.
“We have seen deaths in all ages,” Illinois Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike said. “And, yes, we are reaffirming that our older population is at highest risk, but that all people can be infected. That means that all people are at risk, even of the most severe complications, including death.”
Almost all people who have died from complications of COVID-19 had underlying conditions, including hypertension, diabetes, liver disease, cancer, cardiac disease and pulmonary problems.
As of this report,13,549 people in Illinois have tested positive for COVID19, which is currently a 19-percent positive rate.Positive COVID-19 cases have now shown up in 77 of Illinois’ 102 counties. Coles, Lawrence, Richland, and Shelby counties are now reporting cases.