The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 2,294 new coronavirus cases and 59 new fatalities Monday. 

Statewide totals have risen to 96,485 known cases and 4,234 known fatalities across 100 of Illinois’ 102 counties. 

The announcement of 59 new fatalities during Gov. JB Pritzker’s briefing Monday marks the third consecutive day in which Illinois has seen fewer than 100 fatalities. 

Health officials announced that 4,120 individuals were reported to be hospitalized with COVID-19 as of midnight. A total of 1,096 individuals are reported to be in intensive care units and 636 are reported to be on ventilators.

As of Monday, Illinois has surpassed 600,000 tests conducted since the beginning of the outbreak with a total of 603,241 tests.

Of that total, 21,297 tests were conducted in the past 24 hours. Illinois’ positivity rate is currently at 10.7%.

Pritzker has fused four regions across the state, their positivity rates and their hospital metrics into his controversial reopening plan. 

All regions are reporting that their positivity rates remain under 20%. This allows them to move into the third phase of Pritzker’s reopening plan after his stay-at-home order ends May 30. 

Business owners who disregard the reopening of the stay-at-home order could now be given a Class A misdemeanor under an emergency rule that Pritzker’s administration filed late last week. 

However, Pritzker iterated that businesses who have had the interest of their employees and customers in mind will not suffer from this emergency rule. 

“For those businesses operating in the best interests of the health of their communities, nothing has changed,” Pritzker said. 

“You’re a part of the 99% of Illinois businesses that are following our gradual reopening plan.”

The new rule is directed toward restaurants, bars, gyms and fitness centers, salons and barbershops that have been ordered to remain closed to serving customers on-site since March.

Under Illinois law, a Class A misdemeanor can carry a fine of $75 to $2,500.

“Our first and best option for enforcement is what we’ve all been doing. [That is] relying on Illinoisans to be good neighbors and good citizens working together to keep each other safe,” Pritzker said.  

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

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