The novel coronavirus COVID-19 is spreading quickly across the state, the country and the globe, with new cases announced in Illinois every day.
Keep track of how many people have been tested in Illinois, including the number of positive and negative cases, with additional graphs here.
All Sun-Times coverage of coronavirus testing:
- Illinois still short of testing 10,000 people a day for COVID-19 — and even that might be less than what’s needed
- UChicago greatly increases coronavirus testing on South Side, makes it available to anyone with symptoms who makes an appointment. Tests are free at University of Chicago Hospital.
- Abbott Labs rapid COVID-19 tests not widely available at Chicago-area hospitals.
- What it feels like to have a test for COVID-19.
- Roseland Community Hospital is now offering drive-thru COVID-19 testing for South Side residents and others who want to be tested for the deadly virus.
- Illinois is expected to receive 15 machines that process rapid COVID-19 tests developed by North Chicago-based Abbott Labs next week. The groundbreaking coronavirus test can deliver positive results in just five minutes and negative results in 13 minutes.
- A drive-thru test site for COVID-19 on the Northwest Side has expanded testing to anyone 18 and older showing symptoms and anyone over 60 with underlying medical issues, regardless of symptoms.
- A drive-thru COVID-19 test site in a north suburban Walmart parking lot closed after less than two weeks of operation.
- Michael Dolan describes his experience at Northwestern as “an entirely preventable human disaster” — but he doesn’t blame the hospital or its medical staff. The Sun-Times took a look inside a triage tent in Chicago.
- State Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch and a Chicagoland nonprofit called for Gov. J.B. Pritzker to reopen Westlake Hospital in Melrose Park to help with the coronavirus crisis.
- As of March 29, Illinois was running around 4,000 tests a day, double the state’s capacity for testing just five days earlier. Pritzker said he hopes the state can start processing 10,000 daily tests by April 8 in order to get a “truly holistic understanding of the virus in each of our 102 counties.”
- A five-minute, point-of-care coronavirus test could be coming to urgent care clinics next week, and experts say it could be “game-changing.”
- The University of Illinois at Chicago is on the front line in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic after staff began testing an antiviral drug last month that could help hospitalized patients fight the coronavirus.
- Millions of sorely needed coronavirus tests are going to be produced in a lab and manufacturing facility in northwest suburban Chicago, the result of breakneck work by scientists at Abbott and the decision of the Food and Drug Administration to cut red tape during this pandemic to approve new products. This is the story of how it happened.
- The first state-operated drive-thru test site for COVID-19 opened Mar. 23 to first responders and health professionals at a repurposed vehicle emissions test building on the Northwest Side.
- Portions of two Chicago-area Walmart parking lots became makeshift drive-thru test sites for the novel coronavirus Mar. 22.