COVID-19 ILINOIS: 2,931 New Cases Tuesday as CDC Expresses Concern About Variants

COVID-19 ILINOIS: 2,931 New Cases Tuesday as CDC Expresses Concern About Variants


2,931 New Cases Tuesday; Region 8 Test Positivity 6.7% as CDC Expresses Concern About Variants

The state has raised its regional test positivity threshold to 8.0% for test positivity rate that would force a step back to Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan.

The threshold used to be 7.0%, so that rise is a big deal when you consider the recently rising COVID-19 infections.

As of today, Region 8 (Kane and DuPage counties) seven-day test positivity rate is 6.7%. That rolling rate has ticked up every day for the past nine days — going from 4.8% to 6.7%.

Nationwide, Centers for Disease Control officials are seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases, including cases from new and emerging COVID-19 variants of concern. These variants of concern are mutated versions of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and have the potential to cause COVID-19 to be more severe, spread more easily between humans, require different treatments, or change the effectiveness of current vaccines.

Statewide, the Illinois Department of Public Health  today reported 2,931 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease in Illinois, including 13 additional deaths.

Here’s a look at the death toll by county, gender and age:

  • Cook County: 2 males 40s, 1 male 70s
  • Knox County: 1 female 80s
  • Lake County: 1 male 50s
  • Livingston County: 1 female 90s
  • Massac County: 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s
  • Rock Island County: 1 male 50s
  • Shelby County: 1 female 60s
  • Union County: 1 male 60s
  • Will County: 1 male 40s
  • Winnebago County: 1 male 90s

IDPH is reporting a total of 1,261,667 cases, including 21,395 deaths, in 102 counties in Illinois.

Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 51,625 specimens for a total of 20,737,823. As of last night, 1,648 individuals in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 357 patients were in the ICU and 143 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from March 30-April 5 is 3.9%.  The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from March 30-April 5 is 4.5%.

The total number of COVID-19 vaccine doses for Illinois is 8,061,075.  This number includes doses allocated for the federal government’s Pharmacy Partnership Program for long-term care facilities, which effectively has ended.

A total of 6,413,258 vaccines have been administered in Illinois as of last midnight.  The seven-day rolling average of vaccines administered daily is 106,976 doses.  Yesterday, 95,188 doses were reported administered in Illinois.

*All data are provisional and will change. In order to rapidly report COVID-19 information to the public, data are being reported in real-time. Information is constantly being entered into an electronic system and the number of cases and deaths can change as additional information is gathered.  Information for deaths previously reported has changed, therefore, today’s numbers have been adjusted.  For health questions about COVID-19, call the hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email

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