Gov. Pritzker provides COVID-19 update for State of Illinois

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CHICAGO — Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Illinois health officials on Monday provided the latest update on COVID-19 and its impact on the state.

A major focus was put on nursing homes and long-term care facilities that continue to be hot zones for the coronavirus.

The state has released a breakdown of virus cases. So far, infections have been reported at 104 facilities.

A Jasper County nursing home makes up 18 of the counties 20 confirmed cases of coronavirus. Eight facilities in Illinois have reported at least 20 cases.

One of the largest outbreaks is at Symphony of Joliet, an assisted living facility. More than 80 confirmed coronavirus cases have been reported at the care center, and 26 people — 24 residents and two employees — have died from the virus.

The state is now asking for more staff in long term care facilities because of employees calling in sick.

More testing materials are being sent to nursing homes to do aggressive testing on residents and staff.

Meanwhile, Pritzker said he is putting a plan in place to strategically reopen the state when he says it makes sense.

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