Illinois tops 3K new COVID-19 cases for 1st time since May

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — State health officials are reporting that 3,059 cases of COVID-19 have been newly confirmed across Illinois.

That’s the state’s highest new daily caseload since the pandemic initially peaked in May. Illinois last topped 3,000 daily coronavirus cases on May 14, when infections were confirmed among 3,239 people.

While the Illinois Department for Public Health had reported more than 5,300 cases on Sept. 4, that figure resulted from a data processing backlog.

The state agency also reported Thursday 32 more COVID-19 fatalities, raising Illinois’ death toll to 8,910. Gov. J.B. Pritzker warned Wednesday that Illinois’ progress in combating the pandemic has “cooled off a bit.”