14,612 cases of COVID-19, 168 deaths reported in Illinois

CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 14,612 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 168 new deaths.

The health department on Thursday reported 621,383 coronavirus cases in Illinois, including 11,178 deaths. The new cases were reported a day before Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s Tier 3 coronavirus mitigation plan takes effect.

That means Illinois’ museums, theaters and casinos will be closed in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. The plan also limits capacity at retailers to 25%, with groceries and pharmacies limited to 50% capacity.

The latest cases reported were the result of 113,4447 administered tests. Illinois’ seven-day positivity rate was 12%.