ILLINOIS (WFIE) - Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced 1,527 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 104 additional deaths on Thursday afternoon.
This brings the statewide number to 115,833 total cases. Gov. Pritzker said on Wednesday the vast majority of these cases have fully recovered from the virus.
As of Thursday, 5,186 residents across the state have lost their lives due to complications with COVID-19. Health officials state that 44% of these deaths were based out of long-term care facilities.
In order to help combat the high number of COVID-19 cases at nursing homes throughout the state, Illinois implemented a new rule on Thursday that all long-term care facilities will have to come up with individualized testing plans.
According to Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike, 829,966 coronavirus tests have been performed, including 25,993 tests over the last 24 hours.
Dr. Ezike says that all four regions throughout the state have successfully met the metric to proceed into the next phase of Gov. Pritzker’s “Restore Illinois” reopening plan on Friday. This phase of the reopening plan includes outdoor dining and recreational activities.
“I want to let parents and kids know that we have provided guidance to day camps and youth sports to allow the return of those activities for children across the state," Gov. Pritzker said.
However, state officials urge that residents still need to proceed with caution and follow health regulations.
You can watch Gov. Pritzker’s full Thursday 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. - 2 cases