CHICAGO (CBS) — Illinois reported its highest daily caseload of COVID-19 cases in more than two months on Thursday, as the state also set a new record for virus testing.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 5,644 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, the most in a single day since Sept. 3.

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New cases have been climbing steadily since late October. Illinois is averaging 3,767 new cases per day over the past week, up 77% from an average of 2,134 new cases per day three weeks ago.

The state also reported a new all-time record for COVID-19 testing, with 181,622 new tests. The previous record for testing was set on Sep. 30, when IDPH reported 180,411 tests.

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Illinois is averaging 125,134 tests per day over the past week.

The statewide average case positivity rate stands at 3%, up from 2.5% one week ago.

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CBS 2 Chicago Staff