CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — The state’s daily number of new coronavirus cases increased noticeably Tuesday, but Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker said that could be from a variety of factors and not necessarily the post-Thanksgiving surge officials are worried about.
The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 12,542 new confirmed and probable virus infections and 125 additional deaths from COVID-19 over the previous 24 hours. Illinois had been trending under 10,000 new cases in recent days. For example, on Friday, IDPH reported 7,574 cases.
Pritzker noted that there was a big increase in the number of people getting tested after the weekend, and Tuesday's higher case number may be a reflection of that. He said it will take awhile -- several days -- to assess the impact of Thanksgiving, if people did mix households over the warnings of health officials.
“What I am certain of is this virus is circulating widely in every county in Illinois,” the governor said at his daily coronavirus media briefing.
Illinois is currently under “Tier 3” mitigations that limit the amount of people that can visit stores and supermarkets. Indoor dining at restaurants and indoor service at bars are prohibited, although some businesses have flouted the health restriction.
Pritzker won’t rule out another blanket stay-at-home order if COVID-19 metrics don’t trend back downward.
State officials continue to make plans for distribution of coronavirus vaccines, if the federal government gives drug makers emergency approval. A limited number of doses would be available initially.