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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 113,447 administered tests. Illinois’ seven-day positivity rate was 12%.

On Thursday, Williamson County reported 83 cases. Franklin County reported 49 cases. Jefferson County reported 47 cases. Jackson County reported 34 cases and one death from the virus. Perry County reported 30 cases and one death from the virus. White County also reported 30 cases. Union County reported 24 cases. Massac County and Saline County each reported 20 cases. Johnson County reported 13 cases. Pulaski County reported 10 cases. Hamilton County reported six cases. Alexander County and Hardin County each reported four cases. Gallatin County reported two cases. Pope County reported one case.