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Illinois has record high COVID cases

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — After another record-breaking day in Illinois for new coronavirus infections this weekend, Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Monday again implored residents to do all they can to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the illness caused by the untreatable virus.

“Cases, (test) positivity, hospitalizations, are all rising across the state of Illinois, and we have got to reverse the trend and slow the spread of this virus,” Pritzker said at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. “… This is not over. There seems to be a COVID storm on the rise, and we have to get prepared.”

Illinois on Saturday recorded 6,161 new cases of COVID-19, 1,200 more than the previous record set two days earlier. On Monday, there was another 4,729 additional cases, with 17 deaths, totaling 9,522 fatalities among 378,985 cases in the state. Though many people recover after contracting COVID-19, growing evidence reveals the virus’ long-lasting and even debilitating after-effects.

Data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization suggest that a 5% rate of positive COVID-19 tests is manageable.

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