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Illinois officially moves into Phase III on Friday

Illinois officially moves into Phase III on Friday

Governor Pritzker provides his daily update on the Coronavirus on Thursday in Chicago.

It’s official…Phase Three begins in Illinois today.

Get your nails done, get a haircut, eat outside at a restaurant, and hit the gym for outdoor classes in Phase Three.  All retail stores can also reopen.

Salem City Manager Rex Barbee has announced the city will return to pre-COVID 19 set-up that allows customers to enter through the outer and inner door of city hall to make payments and set up utilities and other forms of business. The inner door to the main lobby will remain closed as it has been in the past.

But Governor JB Pritzker says Phase Three doesn’t mean people should ease up on protecting themselves.

“It’s important that we remain careful about continuing to wear face coverings, washing hands, maintain 6 feet of distance, wiping down surfaces, using hand sanitizer and other mitigation’s.  Let’s not move backward but instead move forward.”

The Governor says the earliest Illinois can move to Phase Four is June 26th.

The State now has nearly 116,000 cases of the coronavirus.  About 92% are recovering from their infections.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 1,527 new cases and 104 additional deaths on Thursday. St. Clair County reported four deaths and Union County in deep Southern Illinois two deaths.   The largest number of deaths continues to be in the Chicago area, with 64 reported Thursday in Cook County and 22 in suburban counties around Chicago.

The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of the total tests from May 21st to May 27th is 8.3-percent.