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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.

Health officials reported 1,111 new coronavirus cases and 160 additional fatalities Wednesday.

This brings statewide totals to 114,306 known cases and 5,083 known fatalities across 100 counties. 

Wednesday marks the 22nd day in which Illinois has reported more than 100 deaths in a single day and breaks the four-day streak in which the state has seen fewer than 100 deaths. 

Officials also stated Wednesday that the latest daily death toll may include some from over the holiday weekend. 

This comes as Gov. JB Pritzker’s office advised that the 39 deaths recorded Tuesday may have been lower due to the lack of reporting on Memorial Day as many state laboratory workers were given the day off. 

As of midnight, a total of 3,826 individuals are in the hospital with COVID-19. Of these individuals, 1,031 patients are in intensive care units and 592 patients are on ventilators. 

Illinois laboratories have conducted 17,179 tests over the past 24 hours. This brings the statewide total to 803,973 tests.

The statewide positivity rate for the week of May 20 to May 26 is currently at 8.6%. 

“The vast majority of those individuals who tested positive have already recovered or [are] experiencing a mild enough case that they’re recovering at home,” Pritzker said. 

All the state’s regions remain on track to move into the third phase of Pritzker’s reopening plan later this week. 

However, Mayor Lori Lightfoot has highlighted that the City of Chicago will be looking at a slower plan as it is still a hotspot for the virus.

Lightfoot released new rules for phase three of Chicago’s reopening plan Tuesday.

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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