As Illinois enters a new phase in its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the measures residents have taken since Gov. J.B. Pritzker declared a state of emergency and imposed a stay-at-home order, shutting down most businesses, schools, churches and entertainment venues, appear to be paying off.
On Sunday, the Illinois Department of Public Health reported 1,343 new COVID-19 cases. With 21,154 tests recorded in the previous 24 hours, the positivity rate was 6.3 percent. The statewide seven-day rolling positivity rate was 7 percent. That’s down from 12 percent a week earlier.
By Tuesday morning, statewide, the IDPH had reported 121,234 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 5,412 deaths from the disease, which results from infection by the novel coronavirus.
The state in the past month has ramped up testing to the point where, as of the morning of June 2, the state had performed about 918,000 tests.
Locally, no new deaths from COVID-19 were reported week over week as of the morning of June 2.
Three Brookfield residents had died from the disease as of that date, while officials have confirmed two deaths each in Riverside and North Riverside.
The past week also brought some positive news in terms of the spread of the disease locally.
The Cook County Department of Public Health reported as of Tuesday morning that there have been 158 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Brookfield, a week-over-week increase of just 12.8 percent.
While that was slightly higher than the prior week’s rate of 7.7 percent, it was still the second-lowest rate of increase since the county began tracking case numbers in late March.
In Riverside, as of the morning of June 2, there had been 88 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the arrival of the pandemic in the area. But the rate of spread fell for the third straight week to 10 percent, the lowest weekly rate recorded since the first cases were confirmed.
After an uptick in the rate of spread a week ago, North Riverside saw its rate of spread fall to 4.5 percent week over week as of the morning of June 2. The county reported three new cases of COVID-19 in the past week, bringing the village’s total to 69.
With the move into the Phase 3 of Pritzker’s Restore Illinois plan, which allows most businesses to reopen with social distancing limits and outdoor dining at restaurants, officials will continue to monitor the spread of the disease.
There is also some fear that mass demonstrations in the past week following the death of Minneapolis resident George Floyd at the hands of police there, may have resulted in more people being exposed to the disease.
Capitol News Illinois contributed to this report.