Illinois sets new record for infections as testing increases

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois has set a new record for coronavirus infections, fueled by a large increase in testing. The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 4,554 confirmed cases.

That’s a 13% jump from the record set a day earlier. There were also 38 additional deaths, bringing the total in Illinois lost to COVID-19 since the pandemic began to 9,165.

Testing for the illness has steadily ramped up, and with it the rate of positive test results, which is now at 5.1% statewide. Public health spokesman Cris Martinez urged residents to wear a mask, wash their hands and keep their distance from each other.