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Reported coronavirus cases in Will County increase 42

Health department now releasing COVID-19 data three days a week

By Rex Robinson | 6/2/2020, 10:01 p.m. | Updated on 6/2/2020, 10:01 p.m.
The number of reported confirmed coronavirus cases in Will County increased by 42 from Monday to a total of 5,683 ...

The number of reported confirmed coronavirus cases in Will County increased by 42 from Monday to a total of 5,683 and the number of deaths from the virus within the same period from the virus increased by 3 to 282, according to the Will County Health Department.

Will County Health Department Health Department officials announced last week they would now be releasing the number of reported cases and deaths from the coronavirus three days a week.

Find out more statistical data on the coronavirus in Will County by visiting https://willcountyhealth.org/novel-coronavirus-covid-19/

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 121,234 positive coronavirus cases and 5,412 deaths from the virus. IDPH also reported that 918,273 people had been tested for COVID-19.

IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike attributed the number of cases in Illinois rising to more than 120,000, in part, to more testing being done throughout the state.

Ezike said during a press briefing last week that there were 3,914 people hospitalized with COVID-19, 1005 in Intensive Care Units and 554 on ventilators. That, according to Ezike, adds up to good news.

"This is the lowest number since we began capturing these numbers that we've had of COVID patients in the hospital," she said.

The administration has been working to expand COVID-19 testing capability across the state. There are currently three state-run drive-thru testing sites in Evanston, Pekin, and Markham along with dozens of other testing sites at health centers in every region of the state. A list of testing sites, their contact information, and their eligibility requirements for testing can be found at https://coronavirus.illinois.gov/s/testing-sites

Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Friday moved the state to Phase 3 of the five-phase Restore Illinois plan that will eventually reopen the state. The plan breaks the state up into four “health regions,” each with the ability to “independently move through a phased approach.” The four regions are Northeast Illinois, which includes Cook, Will, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Grundy, Kankakee, Lake and McHenry counties, North-Central Illinois, Central Illinois and Southern Illinois.

“Restore Illinois is about saving lives and livelihoods. This five-phased plan will reopen our state, guided by health metrics and with distinct business, education, and recreation activities characterizing each phase,” Pritzker said in the Restore Illinois report. “This is an initial framework that will likely be updated as research and science develop and as the potential for treatments or vaccines is realized. The plan is based upon regional healthcare availability, and it recognizes the distinct impact COVID-19 has had on different regions of our state as well as regional variations in hospital capacity.”

Each phase of the plan outlines the severity of how COVID-19 is spreading within any of the four regions. Phase 1 is “Rapid Spread” where the “rate of infection among those tested and the number of patients admitted to the hospital is high rapidly increasing. Strict stay-at-home and social guidelines are in place and only essential businesses remain open.” According to Pritzker, “every region has experienced this phase once already, and could return to if it mitigation efforts are unsuccessful.”