Pritzker provides daily COVID-19 update

Regional News

CHICAGO — Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Illinois health officials will provide an update at 2:30 p.m. CT Wednesday on the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on the state.

As of Tuesday, 13,549 Illinoisans have tested positive for COVID-19, and 380 coronavirus-deaths have been reported.

During Tuesday’s update, Pritzker provided an update on the state’s medical capacity to treat residents impacted by COVID-19. At that time, 3,680 known COVID-19 patients and suspected COVID-19 patients were hospitalized. COVID-19 patients in an intensive care unit totaled 1,166, and 821 patients are on a ventilator.

Suspected COVID-19 patients are individuals under investigation and assumed to have COVID-19 for the purpose of medical treatment.
 
“Since the earliest days of our COVID-19 response, my administration has worked with our state’s network of more than 200 hospitals to increase capacity in our existing health systems,” he said. “These trends offer us further insight into the overall reach of COVID-19 in our state as we adjust the ‘how,’ ‘what’ and ‘where’ of our response.”

The governor and his administration said they are working with a statewide network of more than 200 hospitals to increase capacity in existing health systems.

As of April 6, Illinois now has 28,139 hospital beds, 2,709 of which are ICU beds, with 35 percent of those ICU beds available. A total of 57.1 percent of the 2,791 ventilators were available Tuesday.

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