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Illinois health officials report death, new cases of COVID-19

SPRINGFIELD (WGEM) - The Illinois Department of Public Health reported Friday that there are 163 new cases of COVID-19 in Illinois.

Also included in the report was the death of a Cook County woman who was in her 70s. 

According to health officials, there are three additional counties that have reported cases. This includes a case in Adams county, reported on Thursday, along with Christian and McLean counties.

As of Friday, IDPH reports a total of 585 cases in 25 counties in Illinois.

The age range of the cases is ages 3 to 99. The cases by county can be found on the IDPH website, and you can also find a list of local health departments that will have the most up-to-date information.

The State of Illinois is working to increase the number of testing being done. They are working with Illinois hospitals to have testing in their facilities.

The State is working with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Wal-Mart, and Walgreens to implement drive-thru testing sites in the hardest-hit areas of the state. These facilities will focus on senior citizens, first responders, and health care workers.

State officials are also looking at ways to re-open recently closed hospitals to help increase the bed capacity in Illinois to treat those who may contract the novel coronavirus.

For general questions about COVID-19, call the hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email dph.sick@illinois.gov.

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