Reprint from Chicago Tribune

Good morning, Chicago. Yesterday, Illinois recorded its highest seven-day average of COVID-19 cases since early May. There were 2,682 new confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases yesterday, which brought the weekly average to just over 2,000. My colleague Dan Petrella also reported that there has been a dramatic rise in the number of people in Illinois with severe cases. Meanwhile, in Chicago, officials updated the travel advisory yesterday, with 19 states and two territories now on the list. The move came amid rising numbers for the city, with 234 cases recorded yesterday, and the positivity rate jumping up to 3.3%.And in Tokyo, track and field records continue to fall, and the U.S. women’s basketball team took care of business in the quarterfinals in their quest for a 7th straight gold. And in “look at this photo” news, a sumo statue is scaring horses during the equestrian competition. See who has won medals for Team USA so far, keep tabs on our 60-plus local Olympians and stay current with Day 12 events here. Here are the top stories you need to know to start your day.COVID-19 tracker | For your smart speaker | More newsletters | Puzzles & Games | Daily horoscope | Ask Amy | Today’s eNewspaper edition


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