Public Health Officials Announce 6,980 New Confirmed Cases of Coronavirus Disease

More than 78,000 tests reported in past 24 hours

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 6,980 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 35 additional deaths.

  • Alexander County: 1 female 70s
  • Bureau County: 1 female 90s
  • Cook County: 4 females 70s, 4 males 70s, 1 female 80s, 2 males 80s, 1 female 90s, 2 males 90s, 1 male over 100
  • DuPage County: 1 female 80s, 1 female 90s
  • Henry County: 1 male 60s, 1 male 80s
  • Lake County: 1 female 70s, 1 female 90s
  • Macon County: 1 male 50s, 1 female 80s
  • Madison County: 1 male 70s
  • Montgomery County: 1 female 90s
  • Peoria County: 1 male 80s
  • Pike County: 1 male 90s
  • Sangamon County: 1 female 90s
  • Will County: 1 male 60s, 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s
  • Woodford County: 2 females 80s

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 417,280 cases, including 9,792 deaths, in 102 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years.  Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 78,458 specimens for a total 7,808,303.  As of last night, 3,294 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19.  Of those, 692 patients were in the ICU and 284 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators. 

The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from October 25 – October 31 is 8.0%.  This is the number that IDPH has been consistently reporting in its daily releases and is calculated using total cases over total tests.  Similar to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, IDPH has been using test positivity for regional mitigation metrics on its website since mid-July.  Test positivity is calculated using the number of COVID-19 positive tests over total tests.  On October 29, 2020, IDPH began reporting the statewide test positivity in its daily releases.  The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from October 25, 2020 – October 31, 2020 is 9.4%.

Case positivity and test positivity rate are both relevant and offer insight into the bigger COVID-19 picture.  Case positivity helps us understand whether changes in the number of confirmed cases is due to more testing or due to more infections.  Whereas, test positivity accounts for repeated testing and helps us understand how the virus is spreading in the population over time.

*All data are provisional and will change. In order to rapidly report COVID-19 information to the public, data are being reported in real-time. Information is constantly being entered into an electronic system and the number of cases and deaths can change as additional information is gathered.  For health questions about COVID-19, call the hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email dph.sick@illinois.gov.