Tracking COVID-19 in Illinois: State Nears 95K Cases

New statewide totals: 94,191 cases, 4,177 deaths

A bar graph from the Illinois Department of Public Health shows the daily number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state.A bar graph from the Illinois Department of Public Health shows the daily number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state.

Sunday brought another uptick in coronavirus cases in Illinois.

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Another 1,734 new cases of COVID-19 brings the statewide total of confirmed cases to 94,191.

The virus has been linked to the deaths of 4,177 Illinois residents, including 51 individuals who died between Saturday and Sunday, health officials reported.

The steady rise in cases also comes as more people are getting tested for the coronavirus. So far, more than half a million people – 581,944 – have been tested in Illinois, though it was slower going from March to mid-April.

Since then, Illinois has regularly reported running more than 20,000 tests a day.

In the past 24 hours, labs reported running tests on 20,295 specimens.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s “Restore Illinois” plan divides Illinois into four regions; each must have a COVID-19 positivity rate of 20% or less for 14 days in a row.

All regions appear to be on track, according to Illinois Department of Public Health data.

The statewide positivity rate is currently 15%, while the rate for the northeastern region that covers Cook County is just over 18%. 

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Coronavirus Prevention Tips and Resources

Officials advise taking preventive measures to slow the spread of the virus, including: 

—Washing your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water
—Using hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
—Sneezing or coughing into a tissue and then disposing of the tissue
—Limiting contact with people regardless of how you feel
—Staying home when you are sick

Symptoms of COVID-19 include, but are not limited to:

—New onset of fever, cough, shortness of breath
—Congestion in the nasal sinuses or lungs
—Sore throat, body aches or unusual fatigue

If you think you have COVID-19:

Call your doctor before showing up at their office. If you have a medical emergency and need to call 911, tell the operator that you think you have COVID-19. If possible, wear a mask before medical help arrives or presenting at a doctor’s office. More advice for those who think they have COVID-19.

Additional resources:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Illinois’ COVID-19 website
Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) website
—IDPH COVID-19 hotline: 800-889-3931
—IDPH COVID-19 email link
City of Chicago COVID-19 website
—City of Chicago COVID-19 hotline: 312-746-4835
—City of Chicago COVID-19 email link


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