SPRINGFIELD – Illinois health officials reported 1,344 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and an additional 66 deaths across the state Thursday, but Gov. J.B. Pritzker during his daily briefing expressed optimism in how the numbers are trending.
The governor said the rate of increase in new cases is “looking less and less exponential,” as Illinois might be bending the curve.” Cases now total 16,422 in the state, with the death toll reaching 528.
Pritzker noted the stay-at-home order would not be lifted anytime soon regardless of his optimism, and cautioned organizers to consider cancelling summer events.
New cases were reported in southern Illinois as a part of yesterday’s total, here are the latest:
Jackson County (25 total)
- Male in his seventies, isolated and doing fair.
- Female in her eighties, isolated and doing fair.
Franklin-Williamson Bi-County (4 F, 10 W)
- Female in her fifties from Williamson county, likely acquired while working in the healthcare setting, isolated and doing well.
- Female in he forties from Franklin county, likely acquired from community spread, isolated and doing well.
- Female in her forties from Franklin county, likely acquired from community spread, currently hospitalized.
Pulaski County (4 total)
- Male in his forties
- Three isolated at the Pulaski County Detention Center in Ullin.