The COVID-19 death count has a near majority among elderly aged 80 or olderAmong those lost in Illinois, the elderly made up the majority of deaths with 47% who were 80 years of age or older. Pritzker said the death rate in rural areas of the state is skyrocketing. “That has become exceptionally clear this fall, as our rural and small-town counties are seeing a per capita death rate twice that of our highly populated counties,” he said. With 8,922 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported by IDPH Wednesday, Illinois surpasses the 600,000 mark in total cases since the pandemic began. Half of those cases have been reported since the beginning of October, when the second wave of infections began. IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike said she is frustrated with members of the public who seem to believe COVID-19 is a hoax. “If you really want to give thanks this Thanksgiving, give the gift of life and don’t put someone’s life in danger,” Ezike said. Reporting by Kevin Bessler
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