The state is hitting a new daily high for coronavirus testing.
More than 29,000 specimens were run on Wednesday, with over 2200 new cases logged.
Illinois Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike says people can spread the virus before they start experiencing symptoms.
“There are instances where people who do not have any symptoms or they are so mild the person may not seek or need healthcare, however a person who is asymptomatic can still spread the virus which is why testing is so important.”
Ezike says testing is also vital since so much is still unknown about the virus.
“Such as after a person is infected with the virus are they immune, can they be infected again? If they have been infected can the plasma be used as a treatment for others.”
An additional 87 deaths have been attributed to COVID-19, bringing the total number of patients who have lost their lives to 4,607.
Marion County reported no new positive cases of coronavirus disease on Thursday. Administrator Melissa Mallow reports there are currently 51 positive cases, 44 of whom have recovered. Two remain hospitalized. There have been 1,078 negative test results in Marion County.