The past 24 hours have seen more people in Illinois die due to Covid-19 than any other day yet, Illinois Department of Public Health Director, Dr. Ngozi Ezike, announced Wednesday.
The director announced 192 new Covid-19 related deaths, bringing the total state count to 3,792 deaths.
The state reported 1,677 new cases of Covid-19, bringing the total number of cases across the state to 84,698, Ezike said.
Ezike said testing capacity is increasing statewide, and to date 489,359 tests have been performed — 17,668 in just the last 24 hours.
“With the increase of testing around Illinois, for sure, there are an increase in positive Covid-19 cases detected. That is expected. But rather focusing on the large numbers of cases yesterday, one should take into account the very large amount of specimens that were resulted,” Ezike said, “And that is the win. That we are making more tests available to all people throughout the state and we will continue to ramp up that testing capacity.”