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IL COVID – 19 Update #72

By May 15, 2020No Comments


During today’s briefing, Governor JB Pritzker focused on testing updates. Based on a 7-day average, Illinois is testing more than 4.7% of the Illinois population per month. Four additional drive-thru testing sites will be opened in the Chatham neighborhood on the south side of Chicago, Champaign, Peoria, and Rolling Meadows. The state’s testing sites can be found here

During Q&A, the Governor was asked abo ;adquate testing’ whats the definition? In a much better place, on path to be there as needed. 


Under the Governor’s Restore Illinois plan, in order to move from Phase 2 to Phase 3, each of the four medical regions must have a surge capacity of at least 14% for hospital beds, ICU beds and ventilators. The positivity rating for the region must be under 20% for a 14-day period. Any number in red means that region has not met the capacity requirement for that category. These numbers are calculated on 14-day rolling periods with a 3-day delay. Readers can find all the stats below, and more, here

Northeast17.2% 18.4%63.1%19.4%
North central42%42.7%59%7.5%


FAIIR launched a campaign called Illinois Retail Cares. It is an effort to tell the story of the many efforts retailers have undertaken during the pandemic to meet the needs of the hungry, healthcare workers, first responders, etc. These are efforts above-and-beyond the herculean efforts retailers have undertaken to meet the demands of consumers. Each week new stories will be told. If you have a story to share, we would love to share it! Please email your story to us today.    


Dr. Ngozi Ezike, MD, Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health announced 2,432 new cases in Illinois, including 130 additional deaths.  IDPH is reporting a total of 90,369 cases, to date, including 4,058 deaths, in 99 of Illinois’s 102 counties. 

Over the last 24-hours, the state has conducted  26,565 tests for a total of 538,602 to-date.

As of midnight last night, 4,367 individuals were hospitalized for COVID-19. Of those, 1,029 (23.5%) are in the ICU occupying 27.8% of the 3,701 staffed ICU beds. Of those, 675 (65.6%) are on ventilators or 13.16% of the 5,130 staff ventilators. 

Additional information can be found here. COVID-19 stats by zip code can be found here .


In order to assist retailers in the procurement of facial coverings for employees, FAIIR has created a place on it’s website. Retailers can review and contact the supplier of their choice on FAIIR’s website