COVID-19 rules eased, state hiring more health care help

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois public health officials reported 3,385 fresh cases of coronavirus illness. Also Monday, 50 more deaths were reported as Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s administration eased social interaction restrictions in most parts of the state.

Daily diagnoses of new cases of COVID-19 remain well below totals counted in November. Nonetheless, the entire state had been under so-called Tier 3 mitigation rules until late last week.

The Illinois Department of Public Health on Monday announced statewide health care contracting to supplement existing hospital staff.