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Coronavirus in Illinois updates: Illinois sets third single-day record in a row with Saturday’s new COVID-19 numbers

Illinois reported nearly 7,000 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases on Friday, shattering a single-day record that was set just a day earlier and pushing the total number of known cases since the pandemic began past 400,000.

On Saturday, officials said close to 8,000 new cases had been detected and the statewide positivity rate stood at 7.5%.

The new state figures came as the virus continued its resurgence across the nation, with total confirmed cases in the U.S. surpassing 9 million. Still, officials in many hard-hit states are resisting taking stronger action to slow the spread, with pleas from health experts running up against political calculation and public fatigue.

Here’s what’s happening this weekend with COVID-19 in the Chicago area and Illinois:

Illinois reports nearly 8,000 new COVID-19 cases and 46 additional deaths

Illinois health officials on Saturday announced 7,899 new known cases of COVID-19 and 46 additional fatalities, bringing the total statewide death toll to 9,757 since the start of the pandemic. Officials also reported more than 92,000 new tests in the last 24 hours. The seven-day statewide positivity rate — Oct. 24 – Oct. 30 — is 7.5%.

Illinois QB Brandon Peters tests positive for COVID-19 and will now sit out 21 days

Illinois starting quarterback Brandon Peters will miss Saturday’s game against Purdue after contracting COVID-19, the team announced about an hour before kickoff.

Redshirt freshman tight end Griffin Moore will also miss the game after a positive test and “several” players are out due to contact tracing. They will also miss the Nov. 7 game against Minnesota

Illinois listed 14 players as out for the game against the Boilermakers.

Moore and Peters will have to sit out 21 days and would be eligible to return for the Nov. 21 Nebraska game pending their health status, per Big Ten rules. They tested positive on Thursday.

Purdue is the second game of the delayed Big Ten season and first home game for Illinois. The Illini lost 45-7 at Wisconsin last week in the season opener, after which Badgers quarterback Graham Mertz’s positive test was reported.

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