JB Pritzker speaks at a news conference

Gov. JB Pritzker speaks at a news conference at the Thompson Center in Chicago on March 13, 2020.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 1,527 new coronavirus cases and 104 new fatalities Thursday. 

Health officials have reported statewide totals of 115,833 known cases and 5,186 known fatalities across 100 counties. 

As of midnight, a total of 3,649 individuals are reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of these individuals, a total of 1,009 patients are in intensive care units and 576 patients are on ventilators. 

Illinois laboratories have conducted 25,993 tests over the past 24 hours, bringing the statewide testing total to 829,966 tests. The seven-day statewide positivity rate from May 21 through May 27 currently stands at 8.3%. 

Both IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike and Gov. JB Pritzker spoke about the impacts and the role that the virus has had on Illinois nursing homes since the beginning of the outbreak during Thursday's briefing.  

Ezike reported that almost 44% of individuals who have lost their lives in relation to COVID-19 come from those in long-term care facilities. 

“As we’ve known from the beginning, nursing homes and other congregate settings have always been at increased risk for outbreaks,” Ezike said.

Pritzker also spent some time speaking about the state moving into Phase 3 of his “Restore Illinois” reopening plan Friday and where individuals can find guidelines for the changes taking place. 

Pritzker stated that his administration and IDPH will continue tracking progress in each of Illinois’ four regions to help determine when regions can move into Phase 4. 

“And while it’s at least a few weeks off, I want to affirm that the three metrics that have brought us from Phase 2 to Phase 3 will be the same as those that will move us into Phase 4,” Pritzker said.

However, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced in a different press briefing that the City of Chicago will move into the next phase on June 3 with retail, hotel and restaurant openings. 

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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