ILLINOIS — State health officials announced 3,137 new cases of the coronavirus on Friday and 105 more deaths, bringing the statewide total to 55,055 people with confirmed cases of the virus and 2,457 people who have died from it in Illinois.
The United States passed 1 million confirmed infections this week, according to Johns Hopkins University, and as of Friday afternoon, more than 64,123 Americans had died from COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the new coronavirus.
In recent days, Illinois has expanded its testing capacity, after first meeting its 10,000-test-a-day goal a week ago. State health officials said laboratories have processed 14,821 tests in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 284,688 people who have been tested for the virus statewide. According to a Harvard study published this week, Illinois would have to conduct about 19,000 tests per day to accurately gauge the number of infections in the state, and health experts say federal and state governments’ failure to test enough people is the biggest barrier to reopening the country.
The latest deaths in Illinois include:
Adams County: 1 female 60s
Clinton County: 1 female 80s
Cook County: 1 female 30s, 1 male 30s, 2 females 40s, 1 male 40s, 2 females 50s, 1 male 50s, 5 females 60s, 13 males 60s, 5 females 70s, 10 males 70s, 9 females 80s, 12 males 80s, 5 females 90s, 2 males 90s
DuPage County: 1 male 40s, 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s, 2 females 80s, 3 males 80s, 2 females 90s, 1 male 90s
Jackson County: 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s
Kane County: 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s
Lake County: 1 male 60s, 1 female 70s, 1 female 90s, 1 male 90s
Madison County: 1 female 70s
McHenry County: 1 female 80s, 1 male 100+
Sangamon County: 1 female 80s
St. Clair County: 1 male 60s
Whiteside County: 1 female 90s
Will County: 1 male teens, 1 female 60s, 2 males 60s, 1 male 70s, 2 females 90s
Ninety-seven of 102 Illinois counties have now reported cases, and the state ranks fourth in the nation for number of cases overall.
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“As you test more people, you’re going to have more positive cases,” Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Tuesday, adding that the state has not yet reached the peak for new infections.
“We are still climbing on our curve but we are still on this side of the peak,” he said.
Pritzker said last week that he will work in “close coordination” with six other Midwestern governors, including Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan, Tony Evers of Wisconsin, Mike DeWine of Ohio, Tim Waltz of Minnesota, Eric Holcomb of Indiana and Andy Beshear of Kentucky, “to reopen our economies in a way that prioritizes our workers’ health.”
In an interview the Washington Post, Pritzker noted that Illinois was the second state after California to issue a stay-at-home order.
“The result is we’ve had many fewer deaths than anticipated, our hospitalization rate is somewhat stable, climbing a little bit but somewhat stabilizing — and, of course, our ventilator needs have gone down,” Pritzker said. “Real progress has been made, and while we never know the exact impacts of the efforts all of you have made to protect your communities, all of the projections indicate that you have saved thousands of lives.”
But even though the governor credits the stay-at-home order with saving lives, that hasn’t stopped two Republican lawmakers from challenging it in court. State Rep. John Cabello filed suit Wednesday, a day after a downstate judge ruled state Rep. Darren Bailey, a Xenia Republican, exempt from the order.
More than 6 million Americans have been tested for the coronavirus since the outbreak began, while more than 152,947 people in the U.S. have recovered.
Globally, more than 3..3 million people have been infected with the new coronavirus and more than a quarter million have died, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Here’s what’s happening with the coronavirus in Illinois:
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Catholic Group Holds Prayer Vigil To Reopen Churches
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Coronavirus: Church Sues To End Illinois Stay-At-Home Order
The lawsuit alleges Gov. J.B. Pritzker “flagrantly violated” Illinoisans’ constitutional rights by deeming religious services nonessential.
Coronavirus: IL Now Ranks 4th For Cases In The U.S.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker attributed Illinois’ ranking to the increase in testing.
Coronavirus: IL Stores Already Require Masks Ahead Of State Order
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Over 81,000 People File Unemployment In Illinois For Week Of April 20
While this number is based on advanced estimates, the Illinois Department of Employment Security will be releasing a final number later.
Oprah To Deliver Commencement Speech At CPS Virtual Graduation
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Nursing Home Workers To Strike For Better Pay Amid Coronavirus
The Alden of Waterford facility in Aurora is one of 40 in Illinois that members of the SEIU Healthcare Illinois union are set to picket.
Coronavirus In Lake County: Memorial Day Parade Cancellations
Officials in Mundelein decided during a Monday board meeting to cancel the village’s Memorial Day parade due to the coronavirus pandemic.
2nd State Rep Sues To Stop Gov’s Coronavirus Stay-At-Home Order
State Rep. John Cabello filed suit challenging Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s executive order Wednesday in Winnebago County Circuit Court.
Illinois Coronavirus: Airlines Want To Ax Flights To Chicago
Delta, JetBlue Airways and Spirit Airlines on Tuesday asked for approval to suspend flights to more than two dozen U.S. airports.
Workers At United Scrap Metal In Cicero Walk Off Job After Colleague Dies Of Coronavirus
Workers at United Scrap Metal in Cicero demanded the company shut down for two weeks to sanitize the facility.
Housing Solidarity Pledge Aims To Help Renters, Landlords
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Coronavirus Closing Processing Plants Could Force Meat Shortages
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Man Recovered From Coronavirus, But Nursing Facility Won’t Let Him Back
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Coronavirus by the numbers:
Total number of coronavirus cases: 56,055
People tested: 284,688
Recovered: No data available
Total number of coronavirus cases: 3,321,402
People tested: No data available
Sources: Johns Hopkins University and IDPH
Tips from the CDC on dealing with coronavirus:
While the best way to prevent illness is to avoid virus exposure, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention generally recommends taking these actions to prevent the spread of viruses:
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipes.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
What to do if you’re sick:
Call head if you’re planning to visit your doctor:
If you have a medical appointment, call the health care provider and tell them that you have or may have COVID-19. This will help the health care provider’s office take steps to keep other people from getting infected or exposed.
Stay home unless you must see a doctor:
Stay home: People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are able to isolate at home during their illness. You should restrict activities outside your home, except for getting medical care.
Avoid public areas: Do not go to work, school, or public areas.
Avoid public transportation: Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing or taxis.
Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home:
Stay away from others: As much as possible, you should stay in a specific room and away from other people in your home. Also, you should use a separate bathroom, if available.
Limit contact with pets and animals: You should restrict contact with pets and other animals while you are sick with COVID-19, just as you would around other people. Although there have not been reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19, it is still recommended that people sick with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus.
When possible, have another member of your household care for your animals while you are sick. If you are sick with COVID-19, avoid contact with your pet, including petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked and sharing food. If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wash your hands before and after you interact with pets and wear a face mask. See COVID-19 and Animals for more information.
Avoid sharing personal household items:
Do not share: You should not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, or bedding with other people or pets in your home.
Wash thoroughly after use: After using these items, they should be washed thoroughly with soap and water.
CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.CDC also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.
Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.
Face mask instructions – sew- and no-sew masks
To donate personal protective equipment (PPE), email PPE.firstname.lastname@example.org. For health questions about COVID-19, call the state coronavirus hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email email@example.com.
This article originally appeared on the Across Illinois Patch