The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 1,178 new coronavirus cases and 39 additional deaths Tuesday.

Tuesday’s medical update brings the statewide totals to 113,195 known cases and 4,923 known deaths in 100 counties since the beginning of the outbreak. 

Illinois laboratories have produced 17,230 tests over the past 24 hours, bringing the total testing count to 786,794. 

IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike announced that these two announcements may seem to be lower than usual as they would typically be on the weekend. 

“Our numbers today, the cases, the deaths [and] the total specimens resulted are today as they typically are on the weekends,” Ezike said.

“[They are] a little bit lower and that’s because medical providers, local health departments [and] laboratories may not report everything over weekends.”

IDPH also reports that 3,788 individuals are in the hospital with COVID-19 as of midnight.

Of these individuals, a total of 1,035 patients are in intensive care units and 590 patients are on ventilators.

During Tuesday’s briefing, Gov. JB Pritzker announced that COVID-19 hospitalizations have been at a six-week low and have been plateauing.

The statewide positivity rate has dropped from 23% in late April to an average of 9.2% over the past seven days. 

Pritzker noted that his administration loosening some restrictions on May 1 was followed by the new requirement to wear face coverings in public. 

“The fact that we’ve seen these numbers trend in a good direction even after we opened things up in phase two demonstrates the importance of everyday actions,” Pritzker said. 

This comes as regions look to move into the third phase of Pritzker’s “Restore Illinois” plan later this week with a large range of businesses allowed to reopen and new safety precautions in place. 

On Sunday, the Pritzker administration released an outline with industry-specific public health guidelines.

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

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