May 12, 2020
Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Monday the projected peak in the COVID-19 pandemic in Illinois is being pushed back further, now extending from mid-May into mid-June. In April, the governor said models were predicting the state would peak between late April and early May, while earlier models showed the state would peak sometime in April.
“That timeframe of plateauing near a peak has been expanded from mid-May into mid-June,” Pritzker said in a his daily COVID-19 briefing. “In many ways, this news is disheartening.”
Conversely, a statement from Pritzker on the new projections pointed out that a later and lower peak is a positive indicator of flattening the curve and a result of a slowdown of the state’s rate of transmission, leading to a slower rate of increase over a longer period.
“Under current mitigations, hospital bed and ventilator capacity remains sufficient to treat COVID-19 patients,” according to the statement.
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