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The Illinois Department of Public Health this afternoon (Wednesday) announced over 19 hundred (1,941) new confirmed cases of Covid-19 and 35 new confirmed deaths across the state.

That brings the state to totals of more than 266 thousand (266,151) cases and over 83 hundred (8,367) deaths since the start of the pandemic. The current statewide test-positivity rate is up slightly to 3.7 percent.

As of last night more than 15 hundred (1,565) people in Illinois were in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 345 patients were in intensive care and 143 were on ventilators.

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