In his COVID-19 briefing on Thursday, Governor JB Pritzker said nine out of 11 regions in the state are showing decreased positivity rates of the virus. However, he added, region four, in the Metro East, is continuing to see high rates of community spread.
"We can't outrun this virus. It hasn't gone away. Unless we get it under control either by people following the Doctor's recommended mitigations, or with an effective treatment or vaccine, we will be fighting to save the Titanic with a plastic bucket."
The Governor took a swipe at the White House and said local officials need to step up.
"Because there's no national strategy, it's up to us. Every individual in every city and every business in Illinois, to slow the rate of infection across the state."
In the past 24 hours the Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 1,953 new cases of the virus in the state, and 28 new deaths.