Public Health Officials Announce 12,438 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 12,438 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 76 additional deaths.

  • Adams County: 1 male 90s
  • Champaign County: 1 male 50s
  • Clark County: 1 female 80s
  • Clay County: 1 male 70s
  • Cook County: 1 female 60s, 2 males 60s, 3 females 70s, 7 males 70s, 5 females 80s, 3 males 80s. 2 females 90s, 3 males 90s
  • DuPage County: 1 male 60s, 1 female 80s, 2 females 90s
  • Fulton County: 1 female 80s, 1 female 90s
  • Jefferson County: 2 males 70s, 1 male 80s
  • Kane County: 2 males 80s
  • Kankakee County: 1 male 60s, 1 male 70s
  • Knox County: 1 female 90s
  • LaSalle County: 1 male 80s
  • Macon County: 1 male 70s, 1 female 90s
  • Madison County: 1 male 70s, 2 females 80s
  • Marion County: 1 male 60s, 1 male 80s
  • McHenry County: 1 male 60s
  • McLean County: 1 male 50s,
  • Peoria County: 1 female 90s
  • Randolph County: 1 male 80s, 1 male 90s
  • Rock Island County: 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s
  • St. Clair County: 1 female 90s
  • Stephenson County: 1 male 80s
  •  Vermilion County: 1 male 60s, 1 male 70s
  • Warren County: 1 male 70s
  • Whiteside County: 1 female 50s, 1 male 70s, 2 males 80s, 1 female 90s
  • Will County: 1 female 50s, 1 male 50s
  • Winnebago County: 3 males 70s, 1 male 90s

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 477,978 cases, including 10,154 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 98,418 specimens for a total 8,313,547.  As of last night, 4,250 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19.  Of those, 813 patients were in the ICU and 367 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators. 

The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from October 31 – November 6 is 10.3%.  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 31, 2020 – November 6, 2020 is 11.5%.

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.

Following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance, beginning November 6, 2020 and going forward, IDPH will report confirmed cases and probable cases combined.  A confirmed case is laboratory confirmed via molecular test.  A probable case meets clinical criteria AND is epidemiologically linked or has a positive antigen test.  If a probable case is later confirmed, the case will be deduplicated and will only be counted once.  Probable deaths and confirmed deaths will continue to be reported separately. 

*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