Illinois reports first weekly decrease in deaths since pandemic began

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CHICAGO, Ill. (WEHT) – The state of Illinois announced on Tuesday 1,178 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total to 113,195 cases in the state. There are also 39 new deaths across the state. These numbers are slightly lower due to no testing on Monday because of the holiday.

Dr. Ezike also announced that last week was the first week since the pandemic began that the state saw fewer deaths than the previous week.

The state also announced they have received a third shipment of Remdesivir which was distributed to hospitals across the state.

Governor Pritzker said the state is still on schedule to continue in Phase 3 on Friday. Each region is meeting the guidelines for the three metrics laid out in the plan: a positivity rate below 20%, stabilization of hospitalizations, and hospital bed availability above 14%. In addition to each region meeting these metrics, Governor Pritzker said the statewide positivity rate is now at 9.2 percent for the last seven days and hospitalizations have dropped to a 6-week low.

Governor Pritzker also reacted to places like Lake Geneva and the Indiana dunes being packed with Illinois residents over the weekend, urging residents to follow Illinois rules to remain safe, saying “the pandemic is still here”.

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(This story was originally published on May 26, 2020)

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