State officials again expressed cautious optimism on Tuesday that Illinois may be falling from a peak, based on updated metrics being used by the Illinois Department of Public Health.
Governor JB Pritzker noted that, he, like everyone else, is watching the data and says it feels good to see the line heading in the right direction.
IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike reiterated comments from last week that the state looks to be plateauing and hopes to begin seeing the state's COVID-19 trend falling downward.
Governor Pritzker announced on Tuesday that the state has hit a major milestone for testing, saying among the most populous states, Illinois has now overtaken New York as the top state in the nation for testing per capita over the past seven days.
Meanwhile, the legislature reconvenes on Wednesday and criticism has continued about legislator input in the state's pandemic response.
Wednesday could shed more light regarding the recent pushback from GOP legislators who say that an updated emergency order that could result in a misdemeanor for businesses who violate the stay-at-home order is an overreach of power by the Governor.
Locally, Rep Keith Wheeler of Oswego has said he will make a motion to halt the Governor's order at a committee meeting.
Governor Pritzker says the IDPH's emergency rule already covered a misdemeanor "citation" under state law, which would result in a fine to a business.
Wheeler argues the offense is a more than a citation.
Local coronavirus case amounts moved over the 600 mark in Kendall County on Tuesday.
The Kendall County Health Department reported 33 new cases for a total of 602. Twenty-four more cases were reported as being in recovery, for a total of 317 or 56 percent of the total case amount.
Total Kendall County deaths remain at 22.
The health department reports that 76 percent of the total cases have had no additional complex conditions reported. 3.9 percent of the total amount are deceased, 38.3 percent of continuing cases are at home and 1.4 percent are in the hospital.
View more information on the Kendall County Health Department website.
DeKalb County saw two more COVID-19 deaths reported on Tuesday for a total of four. The DeKalb County Health Department also reported nine more positive tests for COVID-19 bringing the county's total cases to 282.
An additional four COVID-19 cases were reported in LaSalle County, bringing the total to 125 cases.
The Kane County Health Department has reported 4,730 cases and 124 deaths.
Statewide, 1,545 new COVID-19 cases and 146 additional deaths were reported. There have now been 98,030 cases and 4,379 deaths.
18,443 specimens were processed in the last 24 hours.