Illinois falls short of goal for 10,000 daily COVID-19 tests


SPRINGFIELD, Ill – Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker held his daily coronavirus briefing. State officials are reporting 1,529 new cases and 82 new deaths; that represents an 11% increase in cases and a 22% increase in deaths.

The new reported deaths include a female in her 60s from Madison County and a male in his 70s from St. Clair County.

Governor Pritzker said it’s been 10 days since he last gave an update on testing. He said the plan was to reach 10,000 tests per day so there will be a clearer picture of the virus’ presence in the community. Pritzker says they just recently surpassed 6, 000 a day.

Pritzker says there are three shifts running at state labs across the country. The state partnered with Thermo Fisher to help with the testing. The company supplied 5 machines that were supposed to run 200 tests per hour. However, Pritzker says they are not getting the output wanted from machines and are not getting results that meet the state standards.

Pritzker explained instead of using state labs, they could speed up the process by using a private lab through the government, but those labs take 7-10 days. He says people can end up on a ventilator before they ever get their testing results.

There are 78 counties reporting cases. Here are the counties reporting the latest deaths:

– Boone County: 1 female 80s
– Cook County: 1 male 30s, 4 males 40s, 2 females 50s, 8 males 50s, 2 females 60s, 7 males 60s, 12 females 70s, 7 males 70s, 4 females 80s, 10 males 80s, 2 females 90s, 2 males 90s
– DuPage County: 1 male 60s, 1 female 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s,
– Kane County: 1 male 60s
– Lake County: 2 females 80s, 1 female 90s
– Macon County: 1 male 80s
– Madison County: 1 female 60s
– McHenry County: 1 male 70s
– St. Clair County: 1 male 70s
– Tazewell County: 1 female 80s
– Will County: 1 female 60s, 2 males 60s, 2 males 70s, 2 females 80s

Map of Illinois coronavirus cases:

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