Public officials announce 60 new COVID-19 deaths in Illinois

CHICAGO (AP) — Public health officials on Sunday announced 1,343 new cases of COVID-19 and 60 additional deaths in Illinois.

Overall, there have been 120,260 cases, including 5,390 deaths, in Illinois. More than 21,000 tests have been administered in the past 24 hours, according to the state’s Department of Public Health.

State officials say the average seven-day rate of positive tests is 7%, down from a high of 23% in late April.

For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. But for others, especially older people and the infirm, it can cause severe symptoms and lead to death.

Illinois has been gradually reopening businesses in phases after Gov. J.B. Pritzker first issued a stay-at-home order in March. The city of Chicago planned to loosen restrictions within days, but tense protests sparked by George Floyd's death have led to more restrictions in the city's central business district that could mean delays.