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Illinois officials report 1,893 new COVID-19 cases, 6 deaths

August 23, 2020 GMT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Department of Public Health on Sunday reported 1,893 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state.

Health department officials say they have confirmed six additional deaths due to the virus, bringing the total number of deaths in the state to 7,880.

The department reports 220,178 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the state since the start of the pandemic. In the past 24 hours, laboratories around Illinois have conducted 54,351 tests, resulting in a preliminary seven-day statewide positivity rate for the past week of 4.2%

Illinois health officials on Friday said 20 counties are now considered at a warning level for COVID-19, and that cases of the virus connected to schools are beginning to be reported.