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Illinois reports 30 COVID-related deaths; Cook County still outbreak’s epicenter

By Jim Hagerty

CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Public Health, on Sunday, announced 1,197 new cases of coronavirus disease, including 33 additional deaths.

Nineteen of the latest fatalities occurred in Cook County, which continues to be the epicenter of the state’s outbreak. Deaths reported include a man in his 40s, a woman in her 60s, five men in their 60s, four women in their 80s, two men in their 80s, two women in their 90s, three men in their 90s, and one person of unknown gender in their 90s.

The remainder of the deaths occurred in DuPage County (one woman, 80s; one man, 80s; one man, 90s), Kane County (one woman, 90s), Madison County (one man, 50s), Monroe County (one woman, 90s), Sangamon County (one man, 90s), St. Clair County (one man, 60s), and Will County (one woman, 50s; one man, 60s; two women, 80s; one man, 80s; and one woman, 90s).

There are now 30,357 confirmed cases of COVID-19 Illinois. The death toll is 1,290. Cases have been reported in 93 of Illinois’ 102 counties.

Coronavirus disease mildly affects most people–about 80% recover at home. About 15-16% of those who test positive require medical attention. Around 4-5% of infections are considered critical. The U.S. mortality is running between 2 and 4%.

“Most people do very, very, very, very well,” Illinois Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike said. “We know that people recover after several weeks. I don’t want to just be the agent of doom and gloom. People do recover from this disease, but we still have to have a special eye for the people who will have a harder course.”

Winnebago County has seen 195 people test positive for COVID-19 with 668 tests pending. Nine people, along with four people with the virus in Boone County, have died.

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