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Gov. J.B. Pritzker enters his daily news briefing on COVID-19 in the James R. Thompson Center on April 6, 2020, wearing a protective mask. Dr. Ngozi Ezike, of the Illinois Department of Public Health, is in the background.

The Illinois Department of Public Health announced 982 new coronavirus cases and 97 additional fatalities Wednesday. 

This brings statewide totals to 123,830 known cases and 5,621 known fatalities across 101 of Illinois’ 102 counties. Downstate Scott County is the only county to report no infections. 

As of midnight, health officials reported that 2,329 individuals were in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those individuals, 844 patients were reported to be in intensive care and 508 were reported to be on ventilators. 

Wednesday’s reported cases mark the fifth day with fewer than 1,000 new cases reported since April 1. IDPH reported a daily positivity rate of 4% on Wednesday as well. 

Eleven state-run COVID-19 testing sites shut down for two days amid looting and violence. 

Ten of these sites reopened Wednesday in Harwood Heights, Aurora, Rockford, East St. Louis, Bloomington, South Holland, Auburn-Gresham, Champaign, Rolling Meadows and Peoria. 

A Waukegan site plans to reopen Thursday in a different location.

KELLIE FOY is News Editor for The Vidette. She can be contacted at vidette_kafoy1@ilstu.edu  Follow her on Twitter at @kellie_foy 


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