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Health officials report 178 new Illinois COVID-19 deaths

December 30, 2020 GMT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois public health officials announced Wednesday there are 7,374 new cases of COVID-19 and 178 more deaths in the state.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reports the latest cases were diagnosed from 74,573 tests administered over the most recent 24 hour period.

Public health officials report a total of 955,380 Illinois COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic, including 16,357 deaths.

As of late Tuesday, 4,244 Illinois residents were reported hospitalized with COVID-19. Of those, 882 patients were in intensive care units and 496 patients suffering from the virus were on ventilators.