State health officials today reported 126 more Illinois residents have died from COVID-19, while diagnosing 9,277 more cases of the disease. That brings the state’s death toll to 17,395. More than 1 million Illinois residents have now been infected with the virus — 1,017,322, meaning one in every 12 people in the state has been infected since the outbreak began. The state’s seven-day average case positivity rate remained at 8.5%. The case positivity rate is the number of new cases divided by the number of tests results. Health officials use a rolling seven-day average to smooth out any daily anomalies. Hospitals statewide reported treating 3,777 patients for COVID-19 Thursday. Of those hospitalized, 780 were in intensive care.


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