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The Illinois Department of Public Health announced Tuesday that a total of 1,545 new coronavirus cases and 146 new deaths were reported in the past 24 hours. 

IDPH has also announced that statewide totals have reached 98,030 known cases and 4,379 known fatalities as the virus remains in 100 of Illinois’ 102 counties. 

As of midnight, 4,002 individuals were reported to be hospitalized with the novel coronavirus.

Of those people, 993 were reported to be in intensive care units while 576 were reported to be on ventilators. 

“There is evidence that the stay-at-home plans are working,” IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike said. 

Ezike went on to talk about the follow-up questions that come with the daily medical updates despite the executive orders in place, including the large increases in cases and fatalities at times. 

“We know that the number of cases is a big function of how many tests we’re doing. We know that the deaths would have been significantly increased if we had not implemented a stay-at-home order," Ezike said. 

Illinois laboratories conducted 18,443 tests in the past 24 hours, bringing the statewide total to 621,684 tests produced since the beginning of the outbreak.

The statewide positivity rate currently stands at 8.3%. 

Gov. JB Pritzker announced that Illinois currently leads the nation in per capita daily administration of COVID-19 testing during his daily briefing on Tuesday.

“Illinois has now overtaken New York as the No. 1 state in the nation for per capita testing over the last seven days,” Pritzker said.

Pritzker went on to call this announcement “very exciting news” and “significant measurable progress” in his briefing.

Pritzker reiterated that all four regions of Illinois are still on track to enter the third phase of reopening businesses on May 29. 

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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