Illinois Sees Three-Month High in New Confirmed Virus Cases

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Eleventh grade student Chloe Walters sanitizes her desk due to COVID-19 pandemic at Westminster Christian School in Elgin, Ill. as they reopened for in-person learning Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020 to start the new school year. (Rick West/Daily Herald via AP)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 2,264 more people have tested positive for the coronavirus — the largest increase in confirmed cases in nearly three months and the third time the state has topped 2,000 daily cases in the last week.

The state health department also said Friday that 25 more people have died from the virus, raising Illinois’ death toll from the pandemic to 7,721.

The most confirmed cases reported in Illinois in a single day was 4,014 on May 12.

In a press release, the health department blamed the uptick in the number of virus cases on local elected officials of communities “where there is little public concern for consequences or enforcement” of social distancing and isolation orders. Officials say 14 of the state’s 102 counties were deemed at “warning level” for the resurgence.