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Public Health officials announce 2,294 new cases of COVID-19 in Illinois today

Current confirmed cases in Illinois: 96,485; current confirmed cases in Lansing: 283

information provided by the Illinois Department of Public Health and Indiana State Department of Health

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (May 18, 2020) – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 2,294 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 59 additional deaths:

  • Coles County: 1 female 90s
  • Cook County: 3 males 40s, 2 females 50s, 3 males 50s, 4 females 60s, 7 males 60s, 4 females 70s, 8 males 70s, 1 unknown 70s, 1 female 80s, 10 males 80s, 1 unknown 80s, 2 females 90s, 3 males 90s, 1 unknown 90s
  • DuPage County: 1 female 50s, 1 female 80s
  • Kane County: 1 male 80s
  • Kendall County: 1 female 90s
  • St. Clair County: 1 male 70s
  • Will County: 1 male 50s
  • Winnebago County: 1 female 90s, 1 male 90s

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 96,485 cases, including 4,234 deaths, in 100 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years. Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 21,297 specimens for a total of 603,241. The statewide 7-day rolling positivity rate, May 9-15, 2020 is 14%.

IDPH’s Dr. Ezike is providing weekly updates on recovery rates, usually during the Tuesday press briefings. As of 5/12/20: Of those cases who responded to a survey, 74 percent report having recovered, or no symptoms, after 28 days from report.

Indiana numbers

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) today announced that 492 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 through testing at ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and private laboratories. That brings to 28,255 the total number of Indiana residents known to have the novel coronavirus following corrections to the previous day’s total.

Intensive care unit and ventilator capacity remain steady. Nearly 40 percent of ICU beds and nearly 81 percent of ventilators were available as of Sunday.

A total of 1,621 Hoosiers have been confirmed to have died of COVID-19, an increase of 14 over the previous day. Another 144 probable deaths have been reported based on clinical diagnoses in patients for whom no positive test is on record, following a correction to the previous day’s total. Deaths are reported based on when data are received by ISDH and occurred over multiple days.

To date, 183,912 tests have been reported to ISDH, up from 177,243 on Sunday.


All data are provisional and will change. In order to rapidly report COVID-19 information to the public, data are being reported in real-time. Information is constantly being entered into an electronic system and the number of cases and deaths can change as additional information is gathered. Information for a death previously reported has changed, therefore, today’s numbers have been adjusted. For health questions about COVID-19, call the hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email [email protected].

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