Metro East is receiving coronavirus testing help; 470 tests will go to Anderson Hospital daily

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Governor J.B. Pritzker and Illinois health officials say there are now 17,887 COVID-19 cases in the state and 596 deaths. That is an increase of 1,465 new cases and 68 new deaths respectively.

The state announced a new partnership with the Illinois Health Care Foundation in the Metro East will be taking 470 specimens per day to Anderson Hospital in Madison County for testing. A similar partnership is going on near Chicago.

Governor Pritzker says the state received 15 rapid test machines. He says work is still underway to acquire the necessary materials to scale up their use beyond the 120 federally provided tests. However, the equipment is being deployed across the state so it is ready to go as soon as the tests arrive.

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