7-year-old girl battling leukemia among reported COVID-19 deaths

As Illinois closes in on a full reopening date set for Friday, the state’s health department on Monday reported 244 new COVID-19 cases and 14 additional deaths.

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Evelyn Cervantes, a seven-year-old girl from west suburban Stone Park who was battling leukemia, was among the COVID-related deaths, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

She died Thursday at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood.

Despite the tragic loss of life, the overall numbers, including a statewide positivity rate of 1.1%, continue a trend in the right direction. The positivity rate is the lowest on record and the case total is the fewest since mid-March of 2020.

That comes as vaccinations among adults in Illinois who’ve received at least one dose hit 68% and the number of fully vaccinated adults hit 51%, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

On Friday, the state is removing social distancing requirements and capacity limits. Chicago has adopted the same reopening timeline.

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The day will mark the first time since the beginning of the pandemic that Illinoisans will not be under state mandated social distancing and capacity orders.

Illinois, which has a population of 12.67 million, has recorded a total of 1,385,489 cases and 22,963 deaths.

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