April 22, 2020
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 2,049 new COVID-19 cases and 98 deaths. The total number of cases in the state is 35,018 in 96 counties, with a total of 1,565 deaths.
Governor J.B. Pritzker announced two new drive thru testing sites—one currently operational in Aurora at the Chicago Premium Outlet outdoor mall and another opening Friday in Rockford at the University of Illinois College of Medicine. When the Rockford site opens, the state will have a total of five drive thru sites that can process a total of 2,900 tests daily. He noted that no physician order is needed to get tested at any of the sites.
The Governor reviewed personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies provided thus far by the state. He said more than 15 million items, including 7.7 million surgical masks, nearly 1.7 million N95 masks, over 30,000 gowns, over 6.4 million gloves and over 350,000 face shields have been distributed to locations all across the state. More PPE items are on the way said the Governor.
IDPH will host a COVID-19 Update for EMS webinar on April 23 at 3:30 p.m. This presentation will provide updates as it relates to care, transport, and infection control practices for EMS. Registration is required.