State, National, Global COVID-19 Updates

Aug. 18, 2020

The Illinois Dept. of Public Health (IDPH) announced today 1,740 new COVID-19 cases and 27 deaths. The total number of cases in the state is 209,594 in 102 counties, with a total of 7,782 deaths. IDPH says that in the past 24 hours, 34,175 test specimens have been processed, with a positivity rate of 5.09%. The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity rate from August 11 to August 17 is 4.3%. Statewide COVID-19 hospitalizations in the past 24 hours decreased from 1,544 patients to 1,510 patients. Of that figure, 335 patients were in the ICU, with 128 patients on ventilators.

Today’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) figures show more than 5.4 million confirmed and presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in the U.S., with 169,870 deaths.

Today’s WHO Coronavirus Disease Dashboard shows more than 21.7 million COVID-19 cases globally, with more than 771,000 deaths. The Region of the Americas (includes the U.S.) continues to lead the world with more than 11.6 million cases and more than 419,000 deaths.