Illinois logged 2,428 new confirmed and probable infections of COVID-19 and 40 related deaths, public health officials announced Sunday.
The Illinois Department of Public Health said the state has reported more than 1.1 million cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. Nearly 19,250 people have died.
State officials announced that Chicago has seen enough improvement in infection rates _ with a COVID-19 positivity rate of 6.5% or below for three straight days _ to further loosen capacity restrictions that have been in place.
But Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said limits on indoor dining will remain. Chicago allowed indoor dining in January for the first time since October.
“With cases and positivity rates still higher than before the second surge, now is the time to keep safeguards in place to ensure continued progress and hopefully prevent any rollbacks in the future,” Lightfoot said in a statement.