JOLIET, IL — Will County health officials announced the highest-single day increase in confirmed coronavirus cases all week on Friday when 58 new local residents tested positive and they reported that another local woman has died.
The surge takes the county’s total caseload to 6,562 since the pandemic began and takes Will County’s death toll to 317. Local health officials indicated on Friday that the resident who died is a woman in her 70s. The 58 new cases is the most county health officials announced on Monday that 118 residents had tested positive over the previous three days.
The new report comes on a day when Illinois entered Phase 4 of Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s Restore Illinois reopening plan. In this stage, bars and restaurants are permitted to offer in-house dining while other businesses such as movie theaters, museums and fitness centers are permitted to open under very specific guidelines.
Pritzker said this week that he will monitor cases statewide and said if he sees surges in cases like other states have experienced, he will not be afraid to move the state back to previous stages of the reopening plan.
The state registered nearly 900 new cases for the second straight day as 857 confirmed cases and 39 additional deaths were announced on Friday by state health officials. Friday’s cases took Illinois beyond 140,000 cases since the pandemic began and increased the state’s death toll to 6,847.
Labs across Illinois have tested 30,425 residents over the past 24 hours, which took the number of residents tested to 1.4 million. The state’s seven-day positivity rate has reached 3 percent after reaching just 2 percent earlier in the week. The new total caseload does not include an additional 1,000 probable confirmed cases and 204 additional probable deaths.