Illinois reports 2,508 new COVID-19 cases, but positivity rate stays below 10 percent

Illinois reports 2,508 new COVID-19 cases, but positivity rate stays below 10 percent

With 67 additional deaths, total draws nearer to 5,000 statewide


SPRINGFIELD – With the state now just five days away from the potential Phase 3 of reopening under Gov. JB Pritzker’s Restore Illinois plan, the percentage of COVID-19 test results that are positive is important.

With a reported 25,674 tests reported during the past 24 hours, the rate of positive results was 9.77 percent, the second consecutive day below 10 percent. The statewide seven-day rolling positivity rate is now 12 percent, the IDPH reported.

One of the benchmarks for Illinois being able to enter a loosened Phase 3 of reopening on Friday is for the positivity rate to be below 20 percent for 14 consecutive days. That continues to be the case for all four regions in the Restore Illinois plan.

So, while the Illinois Department of Public Health reported 2,508 new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus disease in the past 24 hours Sunday, that the percentage of tests recorded as positive was again below 10 percent is critical.

The IDPH also reported 67 additional deaths related to COVID-19 in the past day. That brings Illinois’ totals to 110,304 cases in 100 of the state’s 102 counties, with 4,856 deaths. There have been 747,921 tests reported in Illinois.

Pritzker also released several guidance lists through the Illinois Department of Economic Opportunity for businesses that will be reopening under Phase 3.

That list is viewable at


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Jeff Rogers is the editor of Capitol News Illinois. He has been director of the Illinois Press Foundation since October 2018.

Before joining the Foundation, Rogers had been a newspaper editor in Illinois and Wisconsin since 1994. He was editor of daily papers in Freeport and Galesburg in Illinois, and in Monroe, Wisconsin. He also was editor of the Freeport iNK weekly newspaper from 2003 to 2005. For the past 9 years, Rogers was editor of the Daily Gazette of Sterling and the Telegraph of Dixon, daily paper owned and operated by Shaw Media.

Rogers is a 1988 graduate of Bradley University in Peoria. He grew up in Lanark, in northwest Illinois.

“Having been in newsrooms since graduating from college, I have a strong sense of how Capitol News Illinois can help newspapers across the state,” Rogers said. “This is an exciting opportunity to help the industry in Illinois by providing coverage of state government that most of our newspapers are not getting. In the bigger picture, it’s an opportunity to help Illinois residents reconnect with their state government.”


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