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COVID-19 Saturday update:  1,639 new cases and eight additional confirmed deaths 

COVID-19 Saturday update:  1,639 new cases and eight additional confirmed deaths 

The Illinois Department of Public Health has reported an additional 1,639 new cases of coronavirus disease on Saturday.   They have also reported eight new deaths, including a male in his 70s from St. Clair County in the Metro-East.  The rest of the deaths were in the Chicago area.

Within the past 24 hours leading up to Saturday’s report, laboratories have reported 39,809 test results.   The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of the total test from July 25 –July 31 is 3.9%.

As of last night, 1,347 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19.  Of those, 334 patients were in the ICU and 148 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

In South Central Illinois, both Fayette and Wayne Counties are reporting one new case apiece on Saturday.   Wayne County reports their case is in a female in her 30s who is isolating at home.