Nearly 3,000 new coronavirus disease cases confirmed in Illinois as state total passes 60K




Health officials say nearly 3,000 new cases of coronavirus disease have been confirmed in Illinois over the past day, as testing expands across the state.
A total of 2,994 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed over the past 24 hours, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health, bringing the total number of cases in the state to 61,499.
The latest statistics come after 19,417 specimens were tested over the past 24 hours, the highest single-day total to date according to Illinois Governor JB Pritzker.
The IDPH reports 319, 313 people have been tested so far. Obviously, the more testing that you can do the more positive cases you will have, but the governor is still saying we continue to flatten the COVID-19 curve.

Additionally, 63 new COVID-19 related deaths reported Sunday brings Illinois’ total to 2,618 lives lost since the pandemic began.
Speaking Sunday, Pritzker reiterated that many who have been diagnosed with the disease have recovered, and those who have recovered at home are also not included in the official counts.
Pritzker also responded to reports that Chicago police shut down multiple parties over the weekend as people got together during nice spring days.
Pritzker said enforcement is up to local law enforcement, and police made sure some parties never happened after hearing about them ahead of time.
“We’re not looking to have police crack down on people, arrest people, that’s not the intent here, but it is true that police can shut down a party and should,” Pritzker said.
“It’s the data that tells us that if you’re in a large group of people in a small space, if you can’t maintain a six foot distance between each person in a party, then you shouldn’t be together in that space,” Pritzker said.
This was also the first Sunday since the new executive order specifically began allowing for religious services to take place.  That was added to the order just a day after a small church in the far northwest part of the state filed a federal lawsuit.
That church held services today, and the Chicago Tribune reports 60 to 80 people attended services at the beloved church in the town of Lena, well over the 10 allowed by the governor’s order.  
An attorney that filed the lawsuit on behalf of the church told the Tribune that despite having 60 to 80 people there, they were practicing social distancing. Police did not break up the service, according to the Tribune.  
The governor was asked about the church disregarding  his stay at home order when it comes to church services this afternoon.
“This is temporary and people need to understand, especially faith leaders, keeping your parishioners safe is the most important thing you can do,” Pritzker said. “We are not stopping you from praying or connecting, what we are trying to stop is this invisible killer.”

Nearly 3,000 new coronavirus disease cases confirmed in Illinois as state total passes 60K Nearly 3,000 new coronavirus disease cases confirmed in Illinois as state total passes 60K Reviewed by Anson Moore on May 03, 2020 Rating: 5

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