COVID-19 in Illinois: Illinois set to move into ‘bridge phase’ of reopening next week

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Illinois could be fully opened by early June if current trends continue, according to Gov. JB Pritzker.

Pritzker on Thursday announced the state is set to move to the “bridge phase” of reopening Friday, May 14. The bridge phase was defined as a 28-day period that the state needs to move through without a spike in cases before fully reopening.

The bridge phase would come with increased capacity limits for businesses across the state.

If no spikes occur during the bridge phase, full reopening would occur June 11.

Also on Thursday, the Illinois Department of Public Health reported 1,778 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease throughout the state, including 40 additional deaths.

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 1,348,176 cases, including 22,136 deaths, in 102 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years.

Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 96,296 specimens for a total of 23,103,484. 

As of Wednesday night, 2,055 individuals in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 483 patients were in the ICU and 243 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from April 29-May 5 is 3.0%.  The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from April 29-May 5 is 3.8%.

A total of 9,646,432 vaccines have been administered in Illinois as of last midnight. The seven-day rolling average of vaccines administered daily is 70,063 doses. Wednesday, 99,599 doses were reported administered in Illinois.

Vaccination data posted on the IDPH website include vaccines administered in Illinois and are pulled from the Illinois Comprehensive Automated Immunization Registry Exchange. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website includes both federal and state vaccination efforts and represents not only vaccines administered in Illinois, but vaccines administered to Illinois residents while in a different state. As a result, CDC’s percentage for those receiving at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine is higher than the state’s percentage.

For health questions about COVID-19, call the hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email

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