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Illinois 4,000 COVID-19 tests per day short of goal, governor says

State sees highest death total in 24-hour period

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Illinois Governor JB Pritzker announced Wednesday afternoon that Illinois has recently surpassed 6,000 COVID-19 tests per day, 4,000 short of the goal.

Ten days ago, Pritzker laid out a plan to issue 10,000 tests in 10 days in order to understand the virus in the community.

Pritzker added that the machines being utilized currently are not providing valid results.

“We have to get this right,” he said.

The Illinois Department of Health is working with commercial manufacturers and local hospitals in order to reach the goal and get accurate results

There have been 75,066 tests performed in the state.

IDPH reported Wednesday 15,078 COVID-19 confirmed cases, a 1,529 increase.

There have been 82 deaths the last 24 hours, making the total deaths at 462.

Both the death total and new case total are the highest for a 24-hour period during the pandemic.

The COVID-19 response fund announced Wednesday morning a $5.5 million grant to 30 organizations that serve vulnerable populations with access to food, shelter, healthcare, mortgages, and utilities.

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