Illinois’ coronavirus infection numbers took another step in the right direction Tuesday, including in Chicago, where Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s health team could clear the table for bars and restaurants to resume limited indoor service within a few days.

City health officials also suggested the bulk of residents could start getting COVID-19 vaccinations by the end of May.

The Illinois Department of Public Health announced 4,318 new infections were detected among the latest batch of 71,533 tests. That puts the seven-day average statewide positivity rate at 5.7%, its lowest point in nearly three months.

Hospital numbers are back down to October levels, too, with 3,335 COVID-19 patients hospitalized statewide as of Monday night.

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SOURCE ( Mitchell Armentrout /Chicago Sun Times)