May 29, 2020
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced today 1,622 new COVID-19 cases and 86 deaths. The total number of cases in the state is 117,455 in 101 counties, with a total of 5,270 deaths. IDPH says that in the past 24 hours, 21,796 test specimens have been processed, with a positivity rate of 7.4%. The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity from May 22-28 is 8%. Statewide COVID-19 hospitalizations in the past 24 hours decreased from 3,649 patients to 3,599. Of that figure, 980 patients are in the ICU, with 593 patients on ventilators.
At his daily press briefing this afternoon, Governor J.B. Pritzker said he is issuing a new executive order (click here), extending necessary legal mechanisms such as his disaster proclamation (click here), but lifting the stay-at-home order. He also announced that as the state moves into Phase 3 of his “Restore Illinois” reopening plan, the daily update will be replaced by briefings specifically dedicated to COVID-19, only on an as-needed basis starting Monday. IDPH will continue to send daily COVID-19 press releases and update Restore Illinois regional metrics.
Current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) figures show more than 1.7 million confirmed and presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in the U.S., with 101,711 deaths.
Today’s WHO Situation Report shows more than 5.7 million COVID-19 cases globally, with over 357,000 deaths. The Region of the Americas (includes the U.S.) continues to lead the world with more than 2.6 million cases and over 151,000 deaths.