CHICAGO (AP) – The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 14,612 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 168 new deaths Thursday. Williamson County led area counties with 83 reported.
In total, the state health department reported 621,383 coronavirus cases in Illinois, including 11,178 deaths.
The new cases were reported a day before Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s Tier 3 coronavirus mitigation plan takes effect; meaning Illinois’ museums, theaters and casinos will be closed in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. The plan also limits capacity at retailers to 25%, with groceries and pharmacies limited to 50% capacity.
Local case breakdown:
- Williamson County: 83
- Franklin County: 49
- Jefferson County: 47
- Jackson County: 34, one death
- Perry County: 30, one death
- White County: 30
- Union County: 24
- Massac and Saline counties: 20 each
- Johnson County: 13
- Pulaski County: 10
- Hamilton County: six
- Alexander and Hardin counties: four each
- Gallatin County: two
- Pope County: one
The latest cases reported were the result of 113,447 administered tests. Illinois’ seven-day positivity rate was 12%.