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News Around Illinois – April 21, 2020

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Illinois COVID-19 Cases Pass 31,000

CHICAGO — The Illinois Department of Public Health announced 1,151 new cases of COVID-19 across the state Monday, bringing the total number of cases to 31,508. As of Monday, the number of new deaths is at 59, which brings the total number of deaths in the state to 1,349.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker said that 23 percent of the state’s ventilator capacity is in use, a decrease from 27 percent on April 10. He noted that social distancing measures implemented have “prevented worst-case scenarios.” Pritzker also announced that the state would ramp up testing at nursing homes and long-term care facilities – both at facilities without previously identified COVID-19 cases, as well as among staff in facilities with known cases. – Lecia Bushak, Illinois Newsroom

New COVID-19 Cases Range From Teen To Octogenarian

CHAMPAIGN – Vermilion, Macon, Coles and Ford Counties each reported one new COVID-19 case apiece Monday.  The patients’ ages range from a teen-age resident in Vermilion County to a man in his 80s in Ford County. Champaign County had no new cases to report. To date, Champaign County has confirmed a total of 95 COVID-19 cases. Macon County’s total is 55 cases — 37 of them at nursing homes or other group facilities. Coles County has confirmed 17 cases.  Vermilion County has confirmed eleven cases. And Ford County has confirmed six. None of these counties reported any additional deaths.   – Jim Meadows, Illinois Newsroom

I-80 Mississippi Bridge Plan To Be Discussed In Webinar

DIXON — The Illinois Department of Transportation will hold a virtual public meeting Wednesday on plans for replacing a more than 50-year-old Mississippi River bridge in the Quad Cities area. The meeting is being held online because of social distancing restrictions amid the coronavirus pandemic. The public can participate via an online link. IDOT officials will discuss a study of Interstate 80 over the Mississippi River. The plan is to replace the I-80 bridge in the Quad Cities, which opened in 1966. The meeting is at 2 p.m. Click here to register to participate in the webinar. Associated Press

 

COVID-19 is a rapidly evolving story, and we are working hard to bring you the most up-to-date information. We recommend checking the Coronavirus Information Center for the most recent numbers and guidance.

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