Illinois Records Highest One-Day Total of Positive COVID Cases Yet Friday


Published on October 16 2020 6:20 pm
Last Updated on October 17 2020 2:50 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

4,554 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease were reported Friday by the Illinois Department of Public Health. That's the highest one-day total of cases since reporting began in March.

12 of the new positive cases Friday were reported in Effingham County, six males and six females. 

In Effingham County to date, there have been 13,724 people tested for COVID. There have 12,626 negative cases, 1,098 positive cases, 851 people recovered, and 242 people in isolation. There was a death attributed to COVID early in the pandemic, one person who died with other causes involved who also had COVID, and three deaths that are being investigated as to whether COVID was the cause of death.

In addition to the new cases, Public Health also reported three deaths related to COVID in area counties. The deaths are those of a female in her 50s and a female in her 80s in Clay County, and a male in his 80s in Fayette County.