Chicago Making ‘Some Improvement’ Against Coronavirus, City’s Top Doctor Says

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CHICAGO — The city saw a day without anyone dying from coronavirus for the first time since March, Chicago’s top doctor said Tuesday.

New cases of coronavirus have fallen in Chicago in recent weeks, and deaths have been low for weeks.

And, finally, on Aug. 31, there was not a single reported death from coronavirus, Dr. Allison Arwady, head of the Chicago Department of Public Health, said Tuesday. That’s the first time there’s been a day without a death since March, when the pandemic began for Chicago.

The milestone comes as the city is “seeing some improvement” in its case numbers after weeks of climbing numbers, Arwady said at a press conference.

As of Tuesday, an average of 263 new cases are being reported and two people are dying per day in Chicago. Chicago’s positivity rate is at 5.2 percent.

The city has seen at least 2,915 deaths and 75,389 confirmed cases.

Statewide, there were 20 deaths and 1,466 new cases reported Tuesday. Among the victims were five people in Cook County.

Coronavirus has killed at least 8,332 people statewide, and there have been 264,210 confirmed cases. The state’s positivity rate is at 3.6 percent.

As of Monday night, 1,584 people were hospitalized with coronavirus in Illinois, …

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