ILLINOIS — The state is headed in the wrong direction, Illinois public health director Ngozi Ezike made clear this week, asking Illinoisans to make small sacrifices now to avoid large ones later. State health officials on Thursday announced 1,772 new cases of the coronavirus — the most since May 24 — and 18 additional deaths from COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the virus. The statewide total now stands at 176,896 confirmed infections and 7,478 known deaths. Another 1,242 probable cases and 192 probable deaths are not included in the official totals.
The latest deaths include:
Champaign County: 1 female