Illinois Surpasses 120,000 Coronavirus Cases as State Slowly Reopens

New statewide totals: 120,260 cases, 5,390 deaths

Pedestrians wear masks as they walk along the sidewalk in the Humboldt Park neighborhood on Thursday, May 7, 2020. (WTTW News)Pedestrians wear masks as they walk along the sidewalk in the Humboldt Park neighborhood on Thursday, May 7, 2020. (WTTW News)

Just days after Illinois began slowly reopening, public health officials said 120,260 people in the state have so far tested positive for the virus, including an additional 1,343 in the 24 hours between Saturday and Sunday.

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Within the past 24 hours, labs have processed 21,154 specimens, with a total of 898,259 completed to date, according to officials. 

While Chicago planned on moving into phase three of its reopening plan Wednesday, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Sunday that could be delayed after violent protests swept the city, sparked by outrage over the death of George Floyd.

Lightfoot said she would consult with Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady to make a determination soon.

In Chicago, there have been 45,527 confirmed cases of COVID-19 to date and 2,122 deaths, according to IDPH data.

Health officials also announced an additional 60 deaths in a 24-hour period from Saturday to Sunday, bringing the total Illinois deaths linked to the virus to 5,390.

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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