ILLINOIS (WFIE) - During his daily coronavirus update on Thursday afternoon, Gov. J.B. Pritzker and his team announced 2,563 new cases and 141 additional deaths.
This brings the statewide number to 52,918 positive cases and 2,355 total deaths.
According to Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike, 269,867 residents have been tested for COVID-19. This includes 13,200 people in last 24 hours.
State officials addressed the topic of COVID-19 testing off the top of their press briefing. Gov. Pritzker said the key to reopening the economy was allowing for quick case identification and immediate isolation.
Meanwhile, Illinois’s modified stay-at-home order will go into effect on Friday.
The executive order mandates face coverings for all residents who must go to public spaces, like grocery stores, where social distancing is not possible. It also allows for the reopening of several businesses, plus golf courses and state parks.
You can watch Gov. Pritzker’s full Thursday press conference in the video below: