The State of Illinois went over 1 million COVID-19 tests. Governor JB Pritzker made the announcement on Friday as that accounts for 8% of the state’s population. Illinois has opened 11 community-based testing sites that allow anyone to get tested at no cost. Community sites can test up to 6,000 people per day.
The state announced 658 new cases of COVID-19 today including 23 additional deaths. Monday numbers have been historically lower than any other day of the week. IDPH is reporting a total of 128,415 cases including 5,924 deaths in 101 of the 102 counties. In the Regional Radio News listening area, there were 4 new positive cases over the weekend including 2 deaths in Macon County.
The Governor says testing is important especially because you can be asymptomatic.
With everything reopening, Governor Pritzker says testing is important now more than ever, especially given all of the protests.
The seven-day rolling positivity rate is down to 5% from 7% last week. The Governor has also announced that the State has distributed more than 450,000 cloth face coverings to private essential businesses. More than 18,000 thermometers will be given to licensed daycares across the state in the next few days.
For more information on Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois Plan visit coronavirus.illinois.gov.