City health chief cites ‘real progress’ in COVID-19 battle among groups hit the hardest

Public health officials on Tuesday announced 1,466 more people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Illinois as the state trends in the right direction following a mid-summer resurgence. That goes for Chicago, too, where the city’s top doctor said “we are making real progress in neighborhoods on COVID.” “A lot of that drop is coming from our hardest hit age groups and our hardest hit race and ethnic groups,” Chicago Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady said. “That is exactly what I want to see.” The state’s new cases were confirmed among 39,031 tests, keeping Illinois’ seven-day testing positivity rate at 3.6%. That key indicator of transmission first fell to 3.6% Monday as low as it’s been since late July after hitting 4.5% to close out August.