Illinois processed a brand new day by day report of 19,417 coronavirus tests Saturday and a couple of,994 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed, health officers introduced Sunday.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker mentioned Illinois additionally suffered another 63 deaths from COVID-19 on Saturday, bringing the state’s coronavirus loss of life toll to 2,618 and whole case depend to 61,499.
The 63 deaths mark only the third time since April 21 that the state has recorded fewer than 70 deaths in a given day, and the 19,417 tests processed shatters the earlier report of 16,316 set on April 24.
The 15. 4 % infection rate — the share of tests that became again positive — is also decrease more than regular.
A complete of 4,701 Illinoisans are at the moment hospitalized resulting from coronavirus, with 1,232 occupying ICU beds. Ninety-seven of the state’s 102 counties have recorded instances.
Pritzker talked about on the Sunday briefing that Illinois has despatched again the 100 ventilators loaned to them in early April by California, an act of inter-state cooperation that attracted attention on the time.
Since Illinois’ ventilator providing have increased from about 2,200 when the pandemic began to now 3,690, and with solely 759 coronavirus patients at the moment on ventilators, Pritzker hopes the returned ventilators “could possibly be despatched to another person who might have them.”
Preliminary models based mostly on ventilator utilization in Italy, Spain, China and different nations indicated Illinois might have as many as 4,000 ventilators to deal with coronavirus sufferers, however Pritzker cited the success of the stay-at-home order for avoiding such a worst-case scenario.
“We hope that [our] stock and the truth that there’s a lot of availability right now will probably be sufficient in case there’s one other surge,” he mentioned.
Regardless of the new day by day tests-processed report, although, Pritzker lamented that the state nonetheless wants “more of the pieces of the puzzle to get the testing done.”
The governor noted viral transport mediums, testing reagents, lab technicians entry to processing machines in non-public hospitals and laboratories as simply overlooked steps within the testing course of which might be briefly provide. He mentioned the state is within the means of buying extra testing swabs from the White House, too.
Additionally on Sunday, a northern Illinois church that has sued Pritzker in federal court flouted his newest stay-at-home order by hosting dozens of worshippers.
Pritzker added new language to the revised order permitting religious gatherings of as much as ten folks on Thursday, the same day The Beloved Church of Lena sued him and different officers over its members’ rights to congregate. On Saturday evening, U.S. District Decide John Z. Lee shot down the church’s movement for a temporary restraining order and injunctive relief to allow members to gather Sunday morning.
Regardless of the ruling, a spokesperson mentioned the church welcomed between 60 and 80 folks for Sunday service, which was touted by the church as “the first public in-person worship service” since Pritzker’s first stay-at-home order was instituted March 21. Along with offering churchgoers with masks and hand sanitizers, the church additionally required families to face six ft aside, in accordance with an announcement.
After referencing Judge Lee’s choice to disclaim the momentary restraining order, Pritzker informed reporters that church leaders “shouldn’t have been having services in any respect, except if there have been teams of ten or much less.”
“That is temporary and people want to know that, especially religion leaders, that maintaining your parishioners secure is crucial factor that you are able to do,” Pritzker mentioned. “Your leadership issues right here, and we’re not stopping you from praying, we’re not stopping you from connecting together with your parishioners.
“What we are trying to stop is the spread of this invisible killer,” he added.
Many congregations selected to not maintain the small, in-person services allowed under Pritzker’s newest order, together with Roman Catholic church buildings within the Chicago space that continued to broadcast on-line. Susan Thomas, a spokeswoman for the Archdiocese of Chicago, mentioned church officers tasked with figuring out the right way to maintain socially distanced masses are nonetheless “in the planning stages.”