The state of Illinois surpassed 5,000 COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.
However, the state's seven-day rolling average for a positivity rate continues to go down as all of the state's health regions prepare to move into Phase 3 of the re-opening plan on Friday.
IDPH reported 160 additional deaths on Wednesday for a total of 5,083. 1,111 new COVID-19 cases were also reported for a total of 114,306.
Testing has remained well above state goals. An additional 17,179 specimens were processed in the last 24 hours.
The state's recovery rate is now at 92 percent.
Governor JB Pritzker announced on Wednesday that as state moves to the next phase, a moratorium on evictions, which has been in place since March, will continue.
The state released industry specific guidelines for what can re-open and how during the next phase.
Among entertainment items and decisions in other states, Governor Pritzker took a question about whether people would be able to frequent movie theaters.
In regard to local COVID-19 cases, 15 additional coronavirus cases were reported on Tuesday in Kendall County.
The Kendall County Health Department is reporting a total of 769 cases.
Ten additional cases were reported as being "in-recovery" or recovered for 400 cases or about 53 percent of the overall case total.
COVID-19 deaths remain at 22, seven of which have had additional complex conditions.
The health department reports that 77 percent of the county's total cases have had no additional complex conditions reported. 2.9 percent of the total amount are deceased, 42.5 percent of continuing cases are at home and 1.1 percent are in the hospital.
In surrounding counties, our sister station WLBK in DeKalb County reports that the number of employees at a DeKalb long-term care facility who have tested positive for COVID-19 has increased to five.
The DeKalb County Health Department on Wednesday said three more staff members at Pine Acres Rehab and Living Center have tested positive for COVID-19. The two initial staff cases were reported on Tuesday
Four Pine Acres residents were reported as confirmed COVID-19 cases over the weekend.
Also, on Wednesday, the health department reported 10 more positive tests for COVID-19 in DeKalb County, bringing the total to 352.
In LaSalle County, one additional case was reported for a total of 142 cases.
Kane County cases moved to 6,000 with 163 deaths.