Illinois may be entering a “downward trend” of Covid-19 deaths, Illinois Department of Public Health Director, Dr. Ngozi Ezike, said at a news briefing on Tuesday.
Ezike said the state reported a total of 780 deaths during the week of May 16.
“While 780 deaths, of course, represents 780 individuals who lost their lives, and families and loved ones and communities who are mourning those deaths, it still signals the first week that there have been fewer deaths than the previous week,” she said.
“I am hopeful that this fact is the beginning of a downward trend. But of course, that also depends on all of us, and making sure that we're doing all that we can to decrease the transmission of this virus," Ezike added.
The Illinois Department of Public Health reported at least 113,195 cases of Covid-19, including approximately 4,923 deaths, on Tuesday.