Pritzker: Illinois Coronavirus Testing Falls Short Of Goal

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(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker on Wednesday said the state has fallen far short of his goal of doing 10,000 tests per day to detect the novel coronavirus.

Pritzker said there have been issues with the tests his administration had been developing with a biotech company. The output from machines hasn't met expecations and sometimes the results are not reliable, he said.

Currently, the state of Illinois is doing a little more than 6,000 tests a day, the governor said.

"The buck stops with me," Pritzker said during his latest COVID-19 briefing with reporters.

Mass testing is seen as an important strategy in containing the spread of novel coronavirus. Abbott Labs has developed a five-minute coronavirus test, but the hardware central to that system is being rolled out slowly across several states, by the federal government, Pritzker said.

Also Wednesday, the Illinois Department of Public Health reported the state's biggest daily jump in the number of COVID-19 cases -- 1,529, including 82 deaths. That takes the state's overall known total to 15,078 cases, including 462 deaths.

Illinois residents who don't hold "essential" jobs are under an order to stay at home through the end of the month, with trips allowed for things like grocery shopping and picking up medicine.