Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) reported 1,529 new cases of COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus, and 82 deaths due to the disease in the last 24 hours — the highest report to date.
These new numbers bring the state total to 15,078 cases and 462 deaths, according to Dr. Ngozi Ezike, director of the IDPH.
Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker hoped the state would be testing 10,000 people a day by April 8, but the state is only currently testing 6,000 people a day due to issues with accuracy in testing, Pritzker said.
Antibody tests are coming to the state, Ezike said. These blood tests will detect antibodies in individuals who have overcome COVID-19, making them immune and able to return to work.
The antibody testing can also identify individuals who are able to donate plasma that may contribute to a treatment for individuals currently fighting the disease, Ezike said.
Ezike and Pritzker urged Illinois residents to continue to stay home, even as religious holidays come up in the following days and weeks.