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The number of Cook County Jail detainees with COVID-19 has surpassed 200, the sheriff's office announced Friday.

The office reported 43 more detainees have tested Chicago News positive for coronavirus, bringing the total to 210. Fourteen of them are hospitalized, the office said.

The Cook County Sheriff's Office also reported Friday that 60 of its staff members have contracted COVID-19.

Chicago police announced 13 more confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the department Friday, bringing the number of cases to 89.

Of the cases, 87 are officers and two are civilian employees, Chicago police said.

Illinois coronavirus deaths, cases see largest spike in single day so far

Illinois' coronavirus cases increased by more than 1,200 with 53 additional deaths Friday, the largest jump in both categories in one day.

There are now 8,904 confirmed COVID-19 cases across Illinois, including 210 deaths, state health officials announced Friday.

State health officials said the virus has spread to 64 counties, as of Friday. DeWitt, Effingham and Jersey counties are now reporting cases.

Illinois COVID-19 deaths surpass 150 as hospital at McCormick Place set to open

The death toll from COVID-19 has reached 157, with an additional 16 deaths reported Thursday as the state prepares to get alternate care facilities ready for a possible surge in patients.

Illinois National Guardsmen and women reported to McCormick Place Friday morning with hard hats and masks in hand. They have been supporting a lightning fast effort to transform Chicago's biggest event space into an alternate care facility for COVID-19 patients who don't need intensive treatment.

Governor JB Pritzker says the massive convention center in Chicago should be up and running today.

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More than 160 Cook County Jail detainees have tested positive for coronavirus, as of Thursday night.

The Cook County Sheriff's Office reported that 167 detainees have contracted COVID-19, and 14 are hospitalized.

There are also 46 employees in the sheriff's office who have tested positive for coronavirus so far.

Coronavirus Illinois deaths surpass 150, cases near 8K as Cook County ME works to expand storage
Gov. JB Pritzker announced a new statewide initiative as Illinois' number of confirmed coronavirus cases grew by 715 with 16 additional deaths. The new messaging campaign, called "All In Illinois," calls on all residents to work together to fight the virus.

The Illinois Department of Public Health announced Press Release Distribution Services In Chicago Thursday that the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the state has reached 7,695, with a total of 157 deaths.

Twelve of the deaths were in Cook County. Deaths were also reported in Christian, DuPage, McHenry and Whiteside counties.

Logan, Macoupin, Mercer, Moultrie, and Piatt counties are now reporting cases.

A Chicago police officer has died from COVID-19, Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Interim Chicago Police Superintendent Charlie Beck announced. Officer Marco Difranco, 50, contracted the virus last week and was hospitalized over the weekend. He is survived by a wife and two children, ages 10 and 7.

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