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Coronavirus infection rate, hospitalizations key to gauging curve

By Jim Hagerty Reporter ROCKFORD - Illinois officials announced 2,450 new cases of COVID-19 Saturday, bringing the total number of infections to nearly 60,000. And while the number of cases continues to rise, it's not the figure that indicates where Illinois is on the curve. It's also not the number Gov. J.B. Pritzker will use to decide when to lift more stay-at-home restrictions. "I would look at the infection rate and not the total case numbers," Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Saturday…

Boone County residents among latest COVID-19 fatalities

By Jim Hagerty Reporter CHICAGO - Three Boone County residents are among the state's latest COVID-19 fatalities, the Illinois Department of Public Health reported Tuesday. Officials say the Boone County deaths include a man in his 20s, a woman in her 60s, and a woman in her 70s. Whether they suffered from pre-existing health conditions is not known. Two of the deaths were announced yesterday by the Boone County Health Department. The department also reported that long-term care…