Illinois continuing to ramp up COVID-19 testing

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CHICAGO (WEHT)- Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker says the state has been able to test 4.7 percent of the state’s population per month, adding that the state will not stop testing until the pandemic is over.

Even as the state’s total number of cases continues to increase, Pritzker says the percentage of tests reported Friday to return a positive result was 9.2 percent, with a seven-day rolling average of 12 percent.

Pritzker says that number is down from the pandemic’s peak on April 4, when 23.6 percent of tests came back positive. Pritzker also added that Illinois is now 14 days away from returning to retail stores.

However, Pritzker added “quite a number” of antibody testing is ineffectual, saying there are still more questions than answers at this point.

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(This story was originally published on May 15, 2020)

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