April 24, 2020
Reminder: Hospitals must provide data required to inform distribution of CARES Act funds to the Dept. of Health and Human Services by 12 p.m. Pacific Time on Saturday, April 25. See IHA’s memo for details.
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 2,724 new COVID-19 cases, the highest number of cases in a 24-hour period to date, and 108 deaths. The total number of cases in the state is 39,659 in 96 counties, with a total of 1,795 deaths.
At his daily press briefing, Governor J.B. Pritzker announced the state has hit its goal of processing 10,000 test kits daily. He noted that there are 112 public COVID-19 testing sites throughout the state, with sites in every one of IDPH’s 11 regions. The Governor said that the high number of positive cases reported today were due to the increase in testing capabilities and processing.
IDPH has issued updated testing guidance reflecting the announcement that anyone who is experiencing COVID-19-like symptoms can be tested without a doctor’s order. Testing is available for those with or without symptoms who work in a healthcare or correctional facility, and who serve as essential workers and first responders.
National Alliance on Mental Illinois (NAMI) Chicago is offering confidential support groups for healthcare workers during the COVID-19 crisis. More information on meeting times and how to register are available in a flyer.