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Ill. to return to normal business operations as soon as June 11

Updated: May. 6, 2021 at 5:55 PM CDT
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (KFVS) - Governor JB Pritzker announced the state could return to normal business operations as soon as Friday, June 11.

The governor and Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike gave a COVID-19 update at 1:30 p.m.

He said Illinois will move into the Bridge Phase with higher capacity limits on Friday, May 14.

He said people with proof they’re full vaccinated, or with a negative COVID-19 test one to three days before an event or public gathering will not count against capacity limits.

The governor also said Illinois was expanding its vaccinations to physicians’ offices across the state, allowing them to become vaccine providers for their patients.

You can watch the governor’s news conference below.

Illinois cases of COVID-19

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 1,778 new cases of COVID-19, including 40 additional deaths, on Thursday, May 6.

Of the newly reported deaths, one was a woman in her 70s from Franklin County and one was a man in his 50s from Perry County.

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 1,348,176 cases, including 22,136 deaths.

A total of 23,103,484 tests for the virus have been conducted in the state.

As of Wednesday night, 2,055 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 483 patients were in the ICU and 243 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from April 29-May 5 is 3.8 percent.

A total of 9,646,432 vaccines have been administered in Illinois as of midnight.

The seven-day rolling average of vaccines administered daily is 70,063 doses.

On Wednesday, 99,599 doses were reportedly administered in Illinois.

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