Illinois plans to loosen COVID-19 restrictions on May 14

Health officials report 4 new COVID-19 cases in local Ill. counties
Updated: May. 8, 2021 at 2:59 PM CDT
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ILLINOIS (WFIE) - The state of Illinois is set to lift some coronavirus restrictions this month.

Limits will increase at museums, theaters, gyms, offices and stores to 60% capacity, starting on Friday, May 14.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker expressed that depending on whether cases continue to decline, the goal is to fully reopen in June.

The governor also says the light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter.

Illinois health officials reported 1,729 new COVID-19 cases and 22 more deaths on Saturday.

The state has now had 1,353,226 total confirmed cases and 22,193 total deaths.

According to the state’s coronavirus website, there are two new cases in Wayne and White Counties.

The FDA approval for emergency use of the Pfizer vaccine for children ages 12-15 is expected at any time.

The health department in Wayne County is getting ready for the authorization

Health officials ask parents of 12 to 17-year-olds to call them at 618-842-5166 to add their child to the call sheet.

Officials want to see what the community interest is so they don’t order too much of the vaccine.

They are still taking weekly appointments for ages 18 and above for Moderna vaccinations.

[Illinois COVID-19 website]

Here is the total number of coronavirus cases and deaths reported in our area:

  • Wayne County - 1,766 cases, 52 deaths
  • White County - 1,692 cases, 26 deaths
  • Wabash County - 1,346 cases, 12 deaths
  • Edwards County - 568 cases, 12 deaths

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