SPRINGFIELD, Ill – Illinois is receiving several cases of the drug Remdesivir that is heading to hospitals across the state to help with the fight against coronavirus. The drug’s arrival comes as Illinois reaches a 6-week low for COVID related hospitalizations.
The state also announced 780 deaths for the last week, the first time there have been fewer deaths than the week before.
As of Tuesday, Illinois is reporting 4,923 deaths, including 39 from the last 24 hours. There are also 113,195 cases, 1,178 since yesterday. The state medical director said the numbers are expected to be a little higher later this week because several labs were closed over the weekend.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker also said during today’s briefing that all the regions of Illinois are on track to move into phase 3 at the end of the week. He also said the positivity rate is now averaging 9.2%, down from a high of 23% in April.
Gov. Pritzker also mentioned that the fact these numbers are trending down even after things started reopening in phase 2 is a good sign.
“Remember that one of the biggest mitigation measures was put in place at the same moment we opened things up. We required face coverings. Take note that along with social distancing, face coverings can make all the difference in protecting each other,” said Pritzker.
You can find a link to see how each region is doing in the Restore Illinois program by checking out the state’s site.