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Illinois Officials Announce Deaths Related to COVID-19 Near 3,000

bebarnes | PixabayMost of Illinois will officially allow activities such as outdoor dining, salons and gatherings of 10 or less people to resume today, but Chicago isn’t moving as fast.

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) revealed an increase of 2,270 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 136 new deaths May 6, bringing the state’s totals to 68,232 and 2,974, respectively. 

COVID-19 cases are confirmed in 97 of Illinois’ 102 counties, with patients’ ages ranging from under one year old to over 100, IDPH data shows. 

In the past 24 hours, health officials said nearly 15,000 COVID-19 tests were conducted, with a total of 361,260 tests having been done in total. 

During his daily press conference Tuesday, Gov. J.B. Pritzker outlined his five-stage plan to begin reopening parts of Illinois.

Pritzker said the state was already in Phase Two, meaning the curve of cases is “flattening,” and said some parts of the state will be able to enter Phase Three soon. This would mean some businesses could reopen with the use of facemasks, Pritzker said. 

For regions to be able to start Phase Three, new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the area must not increase by more than 20 percent, according to Pritzker’s plan. 

With the majority of the COVID-19 cases coming from the Chicago/Cook County area, it’s unlikely this region will reach this phase for a couple weeks.

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