Record number of COVID-19 deaths hit Illinois nursing homes
J.B. Pritzker takes off his mask to speak while giving a coronavirus update from the Thompson Center in downtown Chicago on Dec. 1, 2020. - Chris Sweda / Chicago Tribune/Chicago Tribune/TNS

CHICAGO — A record number of Illinois nursing home residents with COVID-19 died in the past week, as people in long-term care try to hold out until they can get vaccinated against the virus. An unprecedented 605 resident deaths were attributed to COVID-19 in the past seven days, state figures showed Friday — far more than the previous high of 480 two weeks ago. The number of recorded new infections in the state’s long-term care facilities also set a record with 5,063 new cases, surpassing the previous high of 4,536 from two weeks earlier. This second surge of the virus again exceeds the worst ...