Illinois Public Health officials say 2,388 new cases of COVID-19 have been identified, along with an additional 147 deaths in the last 24 hours.

The new cases push Illinois' total positive COVID-19 test results above 100,00 - to 100,418. Total deaths now stand at 4,525.

We're continuing to answer questions about the coronavirus and COVID-19, and the latest batch showed that there's still a lot of confusion about testing. Who needs it, how is it done, where is it done—and more. 

Illinois health officials suspect a handful of children in the Chicago region have a syndrome connected to COVID-19, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health and a physician on a task force looking into the syndrome.


More than 98,000 Illinoisans have received a positive COVID-19 test result, as the state added 1,545 new cases on Tuesday.

The overall total now stands at 98,030 positive test results out of 621,684 tests performed. Another 146 deaths were also reported on Tuesday, bringing the state's death toll to 4,379.

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Illinois leaders say they're launching new technological resources to trace COVID-19 cases and contacts, as the state logs another 2,294 cases of the novel coronavirus. Illinois now has had 96,485 positive test results.

Another 59 deaths were also reported, bringing the state's death toll to 4,234.

A health advocacy group said a type of water-borne disease may be spreading at Illinois’ unoccupied workplaces.


More than 1,700 new COVID-19 cases were confirmed in Illinois on Sunday, bringing the state's total to 94,191 cases of the novel coronavirus.

Health leaders also reported another 51 deaths associated with COVID-19, pushing the death toll to 4,177.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker says the state is expanding testing to all frontline and essential workers, including those in health care and first responders.

That will cover employees at a wide range of jobs including those at grocery stores, prison and restaurants.


Illinois reported 2,088 new cases of COVID-19 Saturday, along with 74 additional deaths.

The new numbers bring the state's total infections to 92,457, and total deaths to 4,129. Cases have been confirmed in 100 of Illinois' 102 counties.

With more than 2,400 new cases of COVID-19, Illinois surpassed 90,000 infections on Friday.

More than 3,000 Illinois residents tested positive for COVID-19 over the last 24 hours, and more than 100 new deaths were also recorded.

Some fear the stress of social isolation, historic unemployment and health fears during the pandemic threatens our mental health. Dozens of national organizations raised concerns to Congress that the U.S. is unprepared to handle what may be a mental health crisis.

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The state Department of Veterans Affairs reports five cases of COVID-19 among residents at the Anna Veterans Home.

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May 13 saw Illinois' COVID-19 cases grow by another 1,667, adding another county reporting infection.

Rural Hospitals Brace For COVID-19

May 13, 2020
Ferrell Hospital

As the coronavirus pandemic continues, some of the biggest outbreaks have been concentrated in urban areas, like New York City and Chicago. But rural America isn’t immune to the virus — and many rural areas are already dealing with a scarcity of health care.

Ferrell Hospital, in Eldorado, is bracing for coronavirus. While most of Illinois’ cases have concentrated in the Chicago area, Dr. Joseph Jackson, a physician at Ferrell, said the virus spreading to rural areas like the ones his hospital serves is inevitable.

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Illinois' May 12 update included more than 4,000 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, and more than 100 additional deaths.

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Illinois' COVID-19 totals continue to grow, and the state says it's keeping a close watch on Veterans Homes.

Illinoisans won’t be able to eat at restaurants until the end of June at the earliest, under the governor’s plan to reopen the state. The statewide association representing restaurants is pushing to move that up to the end of May.


Illinois recorded 1,656 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, bringing the state's overall total to 77,741.

Editor's Note: As of May 29, Illinois is in Phase 3 of the plan, moedified to include restaurants offering outdoor seating; and some offices, salons, barbershops and gyms can open with capacity restrictions and public health precautions. Read more here. 


More than two-thousand new COVID-19 cases were confirmed in Illinois on Saturday, raising the overall total past 75,000.

Illinois has processed more than 20,000 COVID-19 tests in one day for the first time since the pandemic began. The state ranks fourth among all fifty states in testing availability and completion, behind California, Texas, and New York. 

Cape Girardeau To Conduct COVID-19 Study

May 8, 2020

Cape Girardeau County, Missouri is conducting a study to help determine many residents have had COVID-19.

The study will involve performing an antibody test on about 2,000 residents in the county. Participants will be selected after filling out an online survey with questions about themselves and any symptoms they may have had.

Illinois Public Health Director Doctor Ngoze Ezike announced 2,887 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, with an additional 130 deaths.

The state's total confirmed cases now stands at 76,760, with 3,241 total deaths.

The Illinois Department of Public Health and the Illinois State Dental Society no longer recommend limiting dental procedures to emergencies.

The early May guidance is that dentists can again perform routine procedures – that is if they follow a series of checks with lawyers, insurers and occupational directives. 

Nursing homes across Illinois claim they haven’t received the amount of personal protective equipment they have asked for. In response, a group of Illinois Senate Democrats are asking the state’s public health department to disclose more information about shipments. 

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Illinois' Public Health Department says another 2,641 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the state, bringing the total positive test results to 70,873.

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Every year, weather-related disasters ravage communities across the United States: floods in the Farm Belt, fires in the West and hurricanes along the South and East coasts.

Scientists say these disasters also lead to skyrocketing rates of depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. One survey of Hurricane Katrina survivors found that a third had mood disorders, and suicidal thoughts more than doubled. Many studies suggest similar outcomes after wildfires and floods.

The state of Illinois is recording 2,270 new cases of COVID-19, with an additional 136 deaths.

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The state of Illinois showed an increase in its COVID-19 cases on Monday, with a jump of 2,341 new patients. Forty-six people died in the last 24 hours, bringing the overall death toll to 2,662.

The Department of Public Health says there have been 63,840 cases of COVID-19 in Illinois. Ninety-seven of the state's 102 counties have reported at least one case of COVID-19.