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Illinois reports record number of tests, 4,014 new COVID-19 cases, 144 additional deaths

Illinois reported 4,014 new cases of the coronavirus and 144 additional deaths in Governor JB Pritzker’s daily news conference on Tuesday afternoon, in addition to a new single-day record for tests with 29,266.

These numbers bring statewide totals to 83,021 confirmed cases and 3,601 lives lost, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Of the deaths announced on Tuesday, 93 were Cook County residents, making up 65% of the day’s total.

There were five additional deaths reported in DuPage County, three in Kane County, one in Kankakee, three in Kendall, 11 in Lake County, three in McHenry County, one in Ogle County, two in Whiteside and eight in Will County, according to the IDPH.

IDPH Director Ngozi Ezike said the state’s COVID-19 positivity rate is currently at 18%. The state received results from 29,266 tests on Tuesday, according to the governor.

Positivity rates are calculated based on a 7-day rolling average with a three-day lag in order to have a more complete picture of data trends, Ezike said. This means that today’s positivity rate reflects data from May 2-9.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the state had conducted a total of 471,691 coronavirus tests.

For the second day in a row, Pritzker held his daily news conference through a live video teleconference after his administration announced Monday morning that a senior staff member has tested positive for the coronavirus.

The Northeast health region outlined in Gov. Pritzker’s five-phase COVID-19 recovery plan, Restore Illinois, reported a positivity rate of 21.4% as of Tuesday. The region will not be able to move to phase 3 of the plan until this rate can be maintained below 20%.

The Northeast region encompasses Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, McHenry, Lake and Will counties.

According to region-specific IDPH data, all three of the state’s other health regions are on track to move to phase 3 of the governor’s plan come May 29. This is the soonest that any region can move past phase 2 as public health officials must show that there has been no overall increase in hospital admissions due to COVID-19 for the 28-day period since May 1.

Statewide, 4,626 Illinois residents are currently hospitalized with COVID-19. Of these people, 1,215 are in the Intensive Care Unit and 730 are on ventilators, according to Ezike.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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