Illinois tops U.S. in coronavirus testing per capita, as state passes over 98,000 cases

Coronavirus Watch

CHICAGO, Ill. (WEHT) – Illinois announced 1545 new cases of COVID-19 and a 146 additional related deaths. The Statewide total reaches over 90,000 cases at 98,030 and 4,379 coronavirus related deaths

In today’s briefing, Pritzker said more Illinoisians have been tested for COVID-19 on a per capita basis than any other “populous state” over the past week.

The entire state of Illinois remains on track for some stay-at-home restrictions to be relaxed in just over a week.

The next phase allows for gatherings of 10 or fewer people, as well as the reopening of non-essential retail, manufacturing and certain other businesses under specific guidelines.

Tuesday’s update comes as Pritzker and other Illinois politicians will return to return to Springfield for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic began.

The Illinois legislature plans for a three day session in order to pass a budget starting tomorrow. They will most likely debate financial help for Illinois businesses and the unemployed.

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