BY REBECCA ANZEL,
Capitol News Illinois
Gov. JB Pritzker said Monday state efforts to mitigate the novel coronavirus’ impact on Illinoisans, and residents’ efforts to “protect” their communities, are working.
The numbers of new confirmed cases and COVID-19-related deaths continue to rise, but the governor said “our curve is bending the right way.”
The Department of Public Health reported 1,151 new coronavirus cases, and 59 additional deaths, in 11 counties, over the past 24 hours. Illinois’ totals are now 31,508 cases and 1,349 deaths in 95 counties.
Pritzker said the number of patients who have or who are suspected of having the virus, and who are in an intensive care unit, are both increasing at a slower rate than originally projected, had the governor’s stay-at-home and order and others not been implemented.
“With the current mitigation strategies in place, we may not have reached our peak yet, but your actions are helping to keep that peak as low as possible,” he said.
As of Sunday, 4,599 Illinoisans were hospitalized with COVID-19-related symptoms.
New data shared by Pritzker indicates that of those patients, 1,239 are in an intensive care unit occupying 40 percent of the state’s 3,100 ICU beds.
The number of those needing ventilators is declining as well. On Monday, only 23 percent of the 3,200 ventilators in the state were being used by COVID-19 patients.
According to data shared by the comptroller’s office, the state spent $172.62 million on coronavirus-related goods as of April 17.
As of Tuesday morning, the Fayette County Health Department had reported 15 cases of COVID-19, with one case resulting in the death of a woman in her 90’s. A bulk of those cases had come from the same congregate care facility. 111 persons had been tested. One person in Fayette county has recovered from COVID-19.
The Effingham County Health Department, at the same time, reported four positive cases in Effingham county, one of which had resulted in a death. 55 negative tests have been performed, and six additional persons are outstanding results. One person in Effingham county has recovered from COVID-19.