Illinois reports more than 4,000 new confirmed virus cases

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois health officials are reporting more than 4,000 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 24 additional deaths.

The state’s Department of Public Health reported a 6.1% positive testing rate over the past seven days. Labs reported 72,097 tests over 24 hours with 4,062 positive cases.

Since the pandemic began, 9,505 in Illinois have died from COVID-19. Overall, there have been 374,256 positive cases. The data comes after the state announced a one-day record for new confirmed cases.

State officials have pleaded with Illinois residents to wear face coverings and take other safety precautions.