Illinois Reports Highest Ever Daily Coronavirus Cases with 6,161 Positive Tests
Illinois announced new COVID-19 restrictions for suburban Cook County due to the rising number of coronavirus cases, hitting an all-time high daily positive with 6,161 on Sunday.
Suburban Cook County has seen eight days straight of test positivity increasing and seven days of hospital admissions increasing, triggering mitigation restrictions to reduce the spread. The restrictions do not apply to the city of Chicago.
"Over the weekend, two more regions - Region 4, Metro East, as well as Region 10, Suburban Cook County - triggered our metrics for additional mitigations, meaning that, starting Wednesday, 6 of our 11 regions will be operating under our resurgence framework," explained Governor JB Pritzker. "Much like the four areas already operating under Tier One or Tier Two of the plan - Northwestern Illinois, Southern Illinois, and Will, Kankakee, DuPage and Kane Counties - Region 4 triggered our 8 percent positivity average threshold, the second time it has done so since mid-summer. Region 10, on the other hand, is the first region in Illinois to earn additional mitigations not because of its positivity rate alone, but because its positivity rate and its COVID-related hospitalizations have both seen a sustained increase over the last 10 days."