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Increase in the "doubling rate" of COVID-19 cases shows a slow in the spread of the virus, Gov. Pritzker says

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker began his daily news conference on Tuesday afternoon with some much-needed positive news: recent data shows a deceleration in the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

Recent increases in the “doubling rate” of COVID-19 cases and COVID-19-related deaths show that the spread of the virus is beginning to slow as a result of social distancing measures, Pritzker said.

“We are, in fact, bending the curve,” he said.

The “doubling rate” represents the amount of time it takes for the number of COVID-19 cases in the state to double in quantity, Pritzker explained.

As of April 1, the doubling rate of cases was 3.6 days. As of April 12, the doubling rate was 8.2 days, representing a substantial increase in the time it took for cases to double and, thus, a deceleration in the rise of confirmed cases, he said.

Sunday marked the lowest 24-hour death toll the state has seen in the past week, which Pritzker said he hopes could be cause for positive thinking as well.

Dr. Ngozi Ezike, Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, warned that this positive news does not mean that social distancing measures and other precautions aren’t still needed, but rather demonstrates the value of adhering to these safety guidelines.

As of Tuesday, 1,222 new cases of COVID-19 were found throughout the state and 74 more people have died from the virus, according to IDPH.

“Each and every life that we lose to this virus is an immense tragedy,” Pritzker said.

This brings statewide totals to 23,247 cases and 868 deaths, the IDPH reported.

Cases of the coronavirus have now been found in all ages of people ranging from younger than one year to over 100 years, according to the IDPH. Cases have been identified in 87 out of the state’s 102 total counties.

Illinois continues to ramp up its testing capability in an effort to accurately capture the presence of COVID-19 in communities across the state. As of Tuesday afternoon, the IDPH reported that the state has conducted 110,616 total tests.

New deaths include:

– Cook County: 1 male 30s, 3 males 40s, 2 females 50s, 3 males 50s, 1 unknown 50s, 1 female 60s, 5 males 60s, 5 females 70s, 3 males 70s, 2 females 80s, 5 males 80s, 3 females 90s, 1 female 100+

– DuPage County: 1 male 30s, 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s, 2 females 80s

– Jackson County: 1 male 70s

– Kankakee County: 1 male 80s

– Lake County: 1 male 50s, 3 males 60s, 1 unknown 60s, 1 female 70s, 2 males 70s, 1 female 80s, 4 males 80s

– McHenry County: 1 male 50s

– Monroe County: 1 female 80s, 1 female 90s

– Sangamon County: 1 female 70s

– Tazewell County: 1 male 80s

– Whiteside County: 1 female 90s

– Will County; 1 male 40s, 1 female 60s, 1 male 60s, 1 female 70s, 2 males 70s, 4 males 80s, 2 females 90s, 1 female 100+

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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