CHICAGO, Ill. (KFVS) - Governor JB Pritzker held a briefing on Illinois’ response to COVID-19 at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, November 30.
The governor said efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus will last for at least a few more weeks.
The announcement comes amid fears of a surge in new cases following the Thanksgiving holiday.
Officials had planned to reassess the Tier 3 mitigation plan in the coming days, however, the governor said the impact the holiday weekend could have on the spread of the virus should be measured before any restrictions are lifted.
“We will be watching the data closely to monitor for a Thanksgiving-related surge in our case count, our positivity rate and our hospital admissions,” Governor Pritzker said. “My prayer, our collective prayer, is that everyone stays healthy and the numbers continue their downward trajectory, and I ask that the public join us in making that prayer come true.”
Governor Pritzker is also urging anyone who visited family outside their household over the holiday weekend to quarantine for the next two weeks.
The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 6,190 new COVID-19 cases and 85 additional deaths on Monday.
Currently, there are 5,849 COVID-19 patients in hospitals throughout Illinois. Of these patients, 1,217 are in the ICU and 715 are on ventilators.
The positivity rate in Illinois is 12.2 percent.
A total of 726,304 individuals have tested positive for COVID-19 in Illinois, including 12,278 deaths.
Currently,10,497,998 COVID-19 tests have been conducted in the state.