Illinois Coronavirus Update May 3: Nearly 56,000 Cases

ILLINOIS — Health officials Saturday afternoon reported 58,505 people had confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Illinois and 2,559 residents had died from it.

The United States passed 1 million confirmed infections this week, with more than 1.1 million cases as ofSaturday. according to Johns Hopkins University. More than 65,000 Americans have died from COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the new coronavirus.

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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 Saturday laboratories have processed 15,208 tests in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 299,896 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:.

  • Boone County: One woman, one man in their 80s

  • Clinton County: One man in his 80s

  • Cook County: One woman in her 20s, one in her 30s, one in her 40s, their in their 50s, five in their 60s, eight in their 70s, six in their 80s and seven in their 90s. One man in his 30s, one in his 40s, eight in their 50s, seven in their 60s, eight in their 70s, 12 in their 80s and two in their 90s.

  • DuPage County: One man in his 60s, five in their 80s and two in their 90s. One woman in her 70s, two in their 80s and three in their 90s.

  • Jefferson County: Two women in their 90s.

  • Kane County: One woman in her 70s and one woman in her 90s.

  • Kankakee County: One man in his 70s.

  • Lake County: One woman in her 70s, one man in his 80s.

  • McDonough County: One man in his 70s.

  • McHenry County: One man in his 60s.

  • Sangamon County: One woman in her 70s.

  • St. Clair County: One woman in her 50s, one woman in her 90s.

  • Will County: One man in his 70s, one woman in her 80s, one man in his 80s and two women in their 90s.

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.

A church is also suing Pritzker, claiming he “flagrantly violated” Illinoisans’ constitutional rights by deeming religious services nonessential.

Nearly 7 million Americans have been tested for the coronavirus since the outbreak began, while more than 175,000 people in the U.S. have recovered.

Globally, more than 3.4 million people have been infected with the new coronavirus and more than a quarter million have died, according to Johns Hopkins University.

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Coronavirus by the numbers:


  • Total number of coronavirus cases: 58,505

  • Deaths: 2,559

  • People tested: 299,896

  • Recovered: No data available



  • Total number of coronavirus cases: 3,449,986

  • Deaths: 244,239

  • People tested: No data available

  • Recovered: 1,101,375

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 For health questions about COVID-19, call the state coronavirus hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email

This article originally appeared on the Across Illinois Patch

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