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Illinois confirms 42 additional coronavirus-related deaths, largest single-day increase so far

Health officials say 986 new cases of COVID-19 and 42 additional deaths related to the virus have been confirmed in Illinois as of Wednesday, representing a 42 percent jump in the number of fatalities from figures made available by the state a day earlier.

"The coming weeks are going to get more and more difficult as the number of cases and deaths continue to rise," Illinois Department of Public Health Illinois News Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike said, noting that people should continue washing their hands, staying home and cleaning frequently-touched surfaces.

"All of these things seem minimal, but these are the courageous actions that are going to save lives and eventually end this pandemic," Ezike said. "It's everyone's behaviour that will begin to turn the tide."

These latest statistics bring the total number of confirmed cases in Illinois up to 6,980, including 141 deaths. Cases have been found in 56 counties, with Massac and Vermilion counties  Press Release Distribution Services In Illinois reporting their first cases.

The deaths reported by the state in the largest single-day increase to date include 29 in Cook County alone, in addition to two deaths in DuPage County, and one death in Carroll, Kane, Lake, Sangamon, Will and Winnebago counties.

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