The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December 2019.
Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike reported 13 new COVID-19 deaths on Saturday, including an infant in Chicago and an Illinois Department of Human Services employee.
IL now has a total of 65 deaths and 4,596 cases. "Every day we are not hitting 10,000 tests or more is another day that we're not able to get answers that help us get past this current crisis".
According to IDPH data released Sunday, Chicago has seen 2,026 confirmed cases.
Carroll, Fayette, and Macon counties are now reporting cases.
DuPage County: a male in his 60s.
The seven other deaths in Cook County included two males in their 60s, two males in their 70s, one female in her 70s, one female in her 80s and one male in his 80s.
Pritzker said that the state is now working to acquire more equipment for the laboratories to make testing faster and easier: "We're acquiring additional laboratory robotics to load our 12 real time PCR machines at a multi-thousand unit increase in single-day capacity". The United States is still trailing other countries in testing on a per-capita basis, several times over. The cause of death is unknown, and an investigation is underway. "It's the number of tests per day that the scientists and experts tell us that we need to get a truly holistic understanding of the virus in each of our 102 counties". The study found less than 6% of children became seriously ill with the virus. There are also federal sites in Bolingbrook, North Lake and Joliet.
IDPH Saturday reported 465 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in IL, as well as 13 new deaths. "It doesn't take that many people, frankly, to break the rules and cause danger to others". They are now capped at 250 tests per day.
"We have the capacity to do so", Pritzker said.
Earlier, Dr Anthony Fauci of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases told CNN that the pandemic could ultimately kill between 100,000 and 200,000 people in the US if mitigation was not successful.
He said he wanted to remind parents that "it really is highly uncommon".
"Upon hearing it I admit I was immediately shaken, and it's appropriate for us to grieve today".