By CBS 2 Chicago Staff

CHICAGO (CBS) — The number of COVID-19 deaths continues to rise in Illinois.

On Wednesday, it was reported there were 144 deaths. That’s the highest daily number of COVID deaths in more than a year. COVID cases across the state are also on the way up. More than 34,000 new cases reported Wednesday. That’s the most since last Friday.

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Testing caught all those cases. But in some places, finding tests is nearly impossible. On Wednesday, on the west and southwest sides, there was some help.

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Esperanza Health Centers teamed up with community groups to hand out 10,000 free tests. The program is part of President Biden’s COVID action plan.

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CBS 2 Chicago Staff