The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 2,758 new coronavirus cases and 110 new fatalities Friday. This brings statewide totals to 105,444 known cases and 4,715 known fatalities. 

IDPH also announced that 3,928 individuals are in Illinois hospitals with COVID-19 as of midnight. Of those peopple, 1,060 are in intensive care units and 589 individuals are on ventilators. 

“I know this weekend is supposed to unofficially kick off the summer season and that traditionally included graduation parties and pool openings and the lake,” IPDH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike said. 

“Although it’s unfortunate that we can’t throw a barbecue with 100 of our friends, I think it’s clear why we are in that situation.”

Health officials report that Illinois laboratories have conducted nearly 700,000 total tests since the beginning of the pandemic. A total of 25,113 of these tests have been reported to be conducted over the past 24 hours. 

Gov. JB Pritzker and his administration are asking the 5,500 childcare facilities who are currently not operating to reopen as their communities move into the next phase of Pritzker’s reopening plan.  

For the first four weeks of being open, Pritzker is issuing that providers are allowed to “serve no more than 10 children per classroom.”

Providers may increase their capacity after these four weeks but not to their full licensed capacity. 

“If we don’t have childcare, a large portion of the workforce, especially women who too often bear a disproportionate burden, will be without any way to move forward without caring for their child themselves,” Pritzker said. 

While all of Illinois’ regions continue to remain on track to move into the next phase of the Illinois reopening plan, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced that the City of Chicago will be making a decision and announcement about Lollapalooza next week. 

In an effort to aid workers who have been infected with COVID-19, the Illinois House of Representatives passed a bill that would expand access to worker’s compensation benefits. 

The House voted 113-2 in favor of the legislation in which mirrors a deal agreed by organized labor and business groups. The Senate passed the bill Thursday, sending it to Pritzker. 

The bill allows workers considered “essential” under Pritzker’s stay-at-home order who contracted COVID-19 to qualify for worker’s compensation benefits with the presumption that the virus was spread on the job.

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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