ILLINOIS (WFIE) - Gov. J.B. Pritzker and his team confirmed 2,758 new COVID-19 cases and 110 additional deaths across the state on Friday afternoon.
Illinois is currently reporting that 105,444 residents have tested positive for COVID-19 since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
As of Friday, 4,715 people throughout the state have died from complications with COVID-19.
According to Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike, nearly 700,000 coronavirus tests have been administered statewide, including 25,113 tests over the last 24 hours.
As of Thursday night, state health officials report that 3,928 people are currently hospitalized for COVID-19 symptoms in Illinois. Meanwhile, 1,060 patients are being treated in intensive care units.
Governor Pritzker announced the state’s plan for a gradual reopening of child care in Phases 3 and 4 of Restore Illinois.
“We can’t have a conversation about going back to work without talking about child care – anything else leaves a large portion of the workforce, especially women who too often bear a disproportionate burden, without any way to move forward while caring for their kids,” Governor JB Pritzker said. “Illinois must take a cautious approach that appropriately balances the need to greatly expand child care with the need to lessen the risk of spreading the coronavirus.”
The state is implementing a cautious approach that balances the need to expand childcare with restrictions that lower the risk for the virus.
The new group size limits will be 30% lower than their pre-pandemic levels for centers. For licensed homes that tend to be smaller, most will be able to operate at standard capacity.
You can watch Gov. Pritzker full Friday press conference in the video below:
Here are the numbers for our Illinois counties
- Wayne Co. - 9 cases, 1 death
- White Co. - 2 cases
- Edwards Co. -2 cases
- Wabash Co. - 1 case