IMA COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update - #64
Please visit the IMA’s dedicate d CO VID-19 page for updates and resources.   

Yesterday, in order to help manufacturers navigate the next phase of restoring our economy, the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association in partnership with FTI Consulting, created the IMA Safety and Reopening Guide . This guide is a comprehensive document with information from state and federal agencies, as well as best practices from other states and industry-leading IMA members.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, a Presidential Declaration of Emergency has been declared for the nation. To assist with emergency response/relief as defined in the Presidential Declaration, overweight and over-dimension loads not exceeding 14 feet in width and 100 feet in length are hereby authorized to be transported on roads under the jurisdiction of the State of Illinois with certain restrictions .

Daily COVID-19 Results
Governor JB Pritzker held his daily press conference and announced:
  1. There are 2,432 new cases of coronavirus in Illinois.
  2. There are a total of 4,058 deaths related to coronavirus in Illinois, including 130 additional deaths announced today.
  3. A total of 90,369 cases have been confirmed in at least 100 of the 102 counties. These numbers include many individuals who have already recovered.
  4. There have been 538,602 individuals tested for coronavirus in Illinois.

Press Conference Key Updates

  • The Governor declared that Illinois has enough COVID-19 testing capacity to appropriately test front line workers and essential workers, healthcare workers, nursing home residents and staff, first responders, all correctional facility employees, all people with a compromised immune system, those with symptoms and those who have been in contact with individuals who have testing positive for COVID-19.
  • There are now 251 public testing sites across the state offering free Covid-19 tests, including seven drive-thru sites. In the coming days, four additional drive-thru testing sites will open in Chicago's southside Chatham neighborhood, Champaign, Peoria and in Rolling Meadows.
  • Illinois' statewide positivity rate is decreasing. The culminative positivity rate since February is 16.8%, in the last week the positivity rate has been 12%, in the last 24 hours the positivity rate was 9.2%. Over the last week, the state has average over 20,000 COVID-19 tests a day.

Regional Metrics Updates

Governor Pritzker's Restore Illinois plan uses health metrics and data to determine 5 phases of reopening the state. The Illinois Department of Public Health began publicly updating their data so that the four regions can see where they stand with regard to moving to the next phase on May 28. Currently, all four regions will qualify to move to Phase 3 . Click here to see the data in your zone .  
Employer Resources & Programs

On Wednesday, May 20, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. CST, the IMA will be hosting a webinar with FTI Consulting to present highlights from the IMA Safety and Reopening Guide and provide an opportunity for questions of our staff and FTI’s experts. You can register for that webinar here , and submit your questions ahead of time via email .  

Mark Denzler
President & CEO
Illinois Manufacturers' Association
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