State Surpasses 3% COVID Testing Rate

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More than three percent of the state’s population has now been tested for COVID-19 coronavirus, Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker announced during his daily briefing on Friday, May 8.

The testing rate in Montgomery County is 2.5 percent, slightly lower than the state average.  As of Sunday, May 10, the Montgomery County Health Department reported 35 positive and 17 pending test results here.

Although a statewide test rate of three out of over 100 may not be cause for celebration, Illinois surpassing the three percent mark puts the state well ahead of the curve.  Illinois ranks second among the 10 most populous states in tests completed per capita, and fifth out of all 50 states in total tests completed.

“Even if we’re one of the best states in the nation on testing, we know it’s not enough to be where we need to be on a longer time frame,” the governor said.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 138 more coronavirus deaths on Thursday, 130 on Friday, 111 on Saturday, and 57 on Sunday for a statewide total of 3,406.

According to Christian-Montgomery EMA Director Greg Nimmo, on May 1 the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) launched the Pandemic EBT application, a new special benefit to help families buy food for their school age children who would normally receive National School Lunch Program (NSLP) free or reduced-priced meals when schools are in session.

The benefit is to help buy food for school age children 3 to 17 years old and 18 to 22 years old (in high school) who would receive a NSLP free or reduced-priced meals when schools are in session.

The benefit amount is a daily meal cost for the number of school days in the month for each eligible child. For March, there were 10 school closure days. For April, there were 22 school closure days. March and April P-EBT benefits will be combined into one issuance for a total of $182.40 per eligible child in your home. Benefits will be issued through the end of the school year. To apply, visit https://abe.illinois.gov/abe/access/.

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