Pritzker: Illinois administering 4,000 COVID-19 tests per day

News

CHICAGO, Ill. (WTVO) — Governor Pritzker announced that as of Sunday, the state is producing a total of 4,000 COVID-19 tests per day. Medical experts recommend administering at least 10,000 per day, a goal in which the governor is hoping to reach in the coming days.

He said more workers are being added at labs, along with new technology.

He added that he spoke with Illinois-based Abbott Laboratories, which has made a portable rapid test, to ask that the state gets first dibs. The medical device maker says its cartridge-based test, approved Friday, delivers results within minutes.

The first-term Democrat, who is critical of the federal government’s response to the pandemic, said he had no choice. Cases are expected to peak next month.

The Illinois Department of Public Health announced 1,105 new COVID-19 cases and 18 additional deaths on Sunday.

MORE HEADLINES:

For more local news, download the MyStateline app (iOS) or (Android) and subscribe with Alexa.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram!

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.