Public health officials announce 1,111 new COVID-19 cases; 6 percent positivity rate for the state


FILE – This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the virus that causes COVID-19. The sample was isolated from a patient in the U.S. Some political leaders are hailing a potential breakthrough in the fight against COVID-19: simple pin-prick blood tests or nasal swabs that can determine within minutes if someone has, or previously had, the virus. But some scientists have challenged their accuracy. (NIAID-RML via AP)

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (WMBD) — Gov. J.B. Pritzker and public health officials announced 1,111 new COVID-19 cases in Illinois, including 160 additional deaths.

Gov. J.B Pritzker noted that out of the 17,179 tests performed, there was only an approximate 6% positivity rate in cases.

Currently, the Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting a total of 114,306 cases, including 5,083 deaths, in 100 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years.

The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity from May 20-26 is 8.6%.

Watch Pritzker’s daily press conference below.

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