51 Illinois counties now at warning level for COVID-19

CHICAGO — Illinois health officials announced 3,874 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 Friday, including 31 additional deaths.

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 364,033 cases, including 9,418 deaths, in 102 counties in Illinois.

The preliminary seven-day positivity for cases as a percent of total tests from October 16 to October 22 is 5.6%. Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 82,256 specimens for a total of 7,113,338.

51 counties, half of all counties in Illinois, are now considered to be at a warning level for COVID-19.

That’s up from 34 last week.

A county reaches warning level when two or more risk indicators go up.

The numbers come as stricter guidelines take effect in four suburban counties.

Bans on indoor dining at bars and restaurants and limits on gatherings to 25 people or less will be put in place in DuPage, Will, Kane and Kankakee counties. The rollback comes after several days of positivity rates above 8%.

Bars, restaurants and casinos must also close by 11 p.m.

  Also Friday, the city of Chicago’s new restrictions go into effect and will last two weeks.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot has ordered all non-essential businesses to close at 10 p.m.

Liquor sales must end at 9 p.m. And any bar without a food license must suspend indoor service.

Businesses that don’t comply, face fines and possible closure.

The city is asking residents to limit any gatherings to no more than 6 people.