Illinois Coronavirus Update May 8: 73,760 Cases, 3,241 Deaths

ILLINOIS — State health officials on Friday reported 2,887 new cases of the coronavirus and 130 additional deaths, bringing the statewide total to 73,760 confirmed cases and 3,241 deaths. Pope County reported its first case on Friday; 98 of 102 Illinois counties now report cases of the virus.

The latest deaths include:

  • Boone County: 1 female 90

  • Cook County: 1 female 30s, 2 females 40s, 2 males 40s, 2 males 50s, 2 females 60s, 16 males 60s, 6 females 70s, 15 males 70s, 1 unknown 70s, 14 females 80s, 10 males 80s, 9 females 90s, 8 males 90s, 1 unknown 90

  • DuPage County: 1 male 50s, 1 female 70s, 2 females 80s, 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s

  • Grundy County: 1 male 70s

  • Jasper County: 1 male 90s

  • Kane County: 1 male 40s, 1 male 50s, 1 female 60s, 2 females 70s

  • Kankakee County: 1 male 70s

  • Lake County: 1 female 30s, 1 male 40s, 1 male 50s, 2 females 80

  • LaSalle County: 1 female 40s

  • Macon County: 1 female 50s

  • Madison County: 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s

  • McHenry County: 1 male 60s, 1 female 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 female 90s

  • Sangamon County: 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 female 90s

  • St. Clair County: 1 male 50s, 1 male 70s

  • Will County: 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s, 2 females 80s, 1 male 80s, 1 male 90s

  • Williamson County: 1 male 60s

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Meanwhile, the Illinois Department of Employment Security said Thursday that it had processed 74,476 unemployment claims for the week ending May 2 and more than 1 million claims in total since the pandemic began in March. The country saw the worst jobs report in its history Friday, with more than 20.5 million jobs lost and unemployment soaring to 14.7 percent. Those numbers are the worst since the Great Depression.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Tuesday unveiled “Restore Illinois,” his 5-phase plan to reopen the state. “Science and data are our overarching guardrails for how we move forward,” the governor said.

“Here’s the truth, and I don’t like it any more than you do,” Pritzker continued. “Until we have a vaccine, or an effective treatment … the option of returning to normalcy doesn’t exist. We have to figure out how to live with COVID-19 until it can be vanquished.”

Within the past 24 hours, labs in Illinois have completed 20,671 coronavirus tests, officials said. The state now routinely meets its original goal of 10,000 tests per day and on Friday exceeded the number that Harvard economists say will be necessary to accurately gauge the number of infections in the state. So far 399,714 people have been tested for the virus statewide.

Experts say testing, contact tracing and hospital capacity are the keys to states reopening safely.

The United States now has nearly 1.3 million confirmed coronavirus infections, according to Johns Hopkins University, and 76,368 Americans have died from COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the virus.

Globally, more than 3.9 million people have been infected with the new coronavirus and more than 272,000 have died, also according to Johns Hopkins.

Officials say a state helpline has been set up to provide emotional support and quick answers to questions about the coronavirus pandemic. Illinoisans can test “TALK” to 55-2020 (or “HABLAR” for Spanish), and within 24 hours they will receive a call from a counselor. Residents can also text keywords like “UNEMPLOYMENT,” “FOOD,” or “SHELTER,” to the same number to receive additional information about those topics.

Here’s what’s happening with the coronavirus in Illinois:

1M Jobless Claims In 2 Months As State Promises Improved System

The Illinois Department of Employment Security has improved its online systems and hired more people for its call center.

Here Are Job Openings In Illinois: Yes, There Are Lots

As unemployment soars due to the pandemic, many companies are still looking to hire.

Mayor Lightfoot Unveils 5-Phase Framework For Reopening Chicago

Mayor Lightfoot announced a plan for a phased-in return to a ‘new normal’ in post-pandemic Chicago.

Lightfoot Sets Goal To Reopen Chicago Public Schools in Fall

Mayor Lori Lightfoot says it’s her goal to open Chicago Public Schools in the fall because kids need structure in-class learning provides.

Lockport Mayor ‘Baffled’ By Restore Illinois Plan

Mayor Streit said the new 5-phase regional plan that was “instituted without legislative approval” seems to abandon the previous strategy.

NASCAR Weekend Canceled At Chicagoland Speedway

Will County’s news radio station, WJOL, broke the big news regarding Joliet’s Chicagoland Speedway on Friday morning.

Coronavirus: Aurora Hospitals Working At Peak Levels ‘For Weeks’

The Rush Copley and AMITA Mercy medical centers saw spikes in the number of coronavirus patients after Easter that have not yet come down.

Worker At Amazon Waukegan Warehouse Dies Of Coronavirus

The first COVID-19 death of an Amazon employee in Illinois was April 18, the company confirmed.

Sex Traffickers Complained Coronavirus Hurt Profits: Feds

The men accused of running the “Norridge Girls” prostitution ring complained the coronavirus cut into their $40,000-a-month profits.

Nursing Home Strike Planned For Friday Called Off

The union representing over 10,000 nursing home workers said it reached a deal raising base pay above $15 an hour plus pandemic hazard pay.

Grocery Manager Dies 1 Day After Wife Taken Off Ventilator

He lost his battle with the new coronavirus last week — just one day after his wife was taken off a ventilator at the same hospital where the couple had been fighting the virus together.

No Hugs For Mom: Officials Urge Virtual Mother’s Day Celebrations

“Virtual hugs are still … the order of the day. It’s that simple,” IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike said Wednesday.

Restore Illinois: Baldermann To Host Discussion With Mayors

The 5-phase regional plan puts New Lenox in the northeast region of the plan, the same region as the city of Chicago and Cook County.

Reopening Illinois: 6 Things To Know

The earliest the next phase of reopening could start is May 29 — but it’s complicated. Here’s what you need to know.

Pritzker Brags As Coronavirus Testing In Minority Enclaves Lags

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51 Confirmed, Suspected Cases Of Coronavirus At Silver Cross

The hospital has 36 inpatients who have tested positive for the coronavirus and 15 persons under investigation as of Thursday morning.

Coronavirus by the numbers:


  • Total number of coronavirus cases: 73,760

  • Deaths: 3,241

  • People tested: 399,714

  • Recovered: No data available



  • Total number of coronavirus cases: 3,910,738

  • Deaths: 272,778

  • People tested: No data available

  • Recovered: 1,306,204

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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