State health officials Monday announced 1,853 new coronavirus cases and 14 additional deaths.
The new infections, which brought the state’s total to 303,394 cases, were found among the latest batch of 38,538 tests reported to the Illinois Department of Public Health, raising the state’s seven-day positivity rate — a figure experts use to gauge how rapidly the virus is spreading — to 3.4% from 3.3%.
Four of the deaths reported Monday were in Cook County: two men in their 60s, a man in his 70s and a man in his 80s.
In total, 8,805 Illinoisans have succumbed to the virus since March.
As of Sunday, 1,631 coronavirus patients were hospitalized in Illinois, with 382 of those patients in intensive care units and 155 on ventilators.