Illinois Governor JB Pritzker announced plans on Friday for a gradual reopening of child care facilities that have remained closed amid the stay at home order.
Pritzker reiterated previous comments that about 2,500 child care homes and 700 centers for care remained open for emergency purposes and essential workers, which makes up about 15 percent of the overall child care service in the state.
A gradual reopening of child care facilities will occur in Phases 3 and 4 of the Governor's "Restore Illinois" plan.
Newly reopened providers will have reduced capacity, of no more than 10 children per classroom, for the first four weeks.
Pritzker says that once facilities have provided care safely for four weeks and have followed the new health, social distancing and sanitation routines and guidelines, they will be able to expand to larger group sizes, though not their full licensed capacity.
There will be no restrictions on which families can use child care in Phases 3 and 4.
Pritzker also announced on Friday that outdoor faith services, including but not limited to drive-in church services, will be allowed in Phase 3.
As budget discussions continue into the weekend, Senate Republicans held a press briefing on Friday to again call on the Governor and the legislative leaders of the General Assembly to hold a public hearing on the Governor's reopening plan.
Republican Sen. Sue Rezin of Morris spoke with WSPY and says Republicans want a seat at the table.
In regard to local cases, the Kendall County Health Department reported 30 new COVID-19 cases on Friday for a total of 680 cases. Twenty-four additional cases were reported as being in-recovery or recovered for a total of 374 or 58 percent of the overall case amount.
Deaths remain at 22.
The health department reports that 76 percent of the county's total cases have had no additional complex conditions reported. 3.4 percent of the total amount are deceased, 37.3 percent of continuing cases are at home and 1.2 percent are in the hospital.
View more information on the Kendall County Health Department website.
The 10th COVID-19 related death was announced in LaSalle County on Friday and three additional cases were announced for a total of 133.
Positive tests for COVID-19 in DeKalb County have topped 300, and 41 percent of the cases have recovered.
The DeKalb County Health Department on Friday reported eight more confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the county’s total to 307.
Kane County reports 5,406 cases and 151 deaths.
Statewide, 2,758 new confirmed COVID-19 cases were reported by the Illinois Department of Public Health along with 110 additional deaths. There have now been 105,444 cases and 4,715 deaths.
25,113 specimens were processed in the past 24 hours.