Pritzker: 3 more coronavirus deaths in Illinois

Wabash Valley COVID-19 updates
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Gov. J.B. Pritzker delivers his first budget address on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019 to a joint session of the Illinois House and Senate at the Illinois State Capitol building in Springfield. (E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WTWO/WAWV) — Gov. J.B. Pritzker began his daily COVID-19 update Thursday with the announcement of three more virus-related deaths.

“I am saddened to announce three more people in Illinois with coronavirus disease have passed away,” IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike said.  “We ask everyone to please, stay home as much as possible so we can reduce the number of people who are infected and potentially suffer serious illness, including death.”

The individuals include a Will County resident in his 50s and a Cook County resident in her 80s, and an out-of-state resident in her 70s who was in Sangamon County.

There are 136 new cases of coronavirus disease across Illinois.  Five additional counties are now reporting cases; Jackson, Kankakee, LaSalle, Washington and  Williamson counties.     

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 422 cases in 22 counties in Illinois.  Cases have occurred in ages 9 to 99.  Cases by county can be found on the IDPH website, as well as a list of local health departments who will have the most up-to-date information.

The number of COVID-19 cases being reported is rising quickly, partly because of the increase in testing by commercial and hospital laboratories.  Because testing is becoming more available in these labs, IDPH will prioritize testing for our most vulnerable populations, such as those who work or live in nursing homes and other congregate facilities.  Once a case in these locations is confirmed, per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  guidance, testing of all residents and staff without symptoms is not recommended.  However, all precautions to prevent additional spread should be taken and staff and residents should be closely monitored for respiratory illness.

But the growing number of cases also reflects a rapid spread of disease across communities.  While these numbers are concerning, it’s not unexpected and the more robust information will allow us to better understand and track the size and scope of the outbreak and strengthen prevention and response efforts.

Pritzker also addressed rumors, assuring residents essential services such as medical facilities, grocery stores and pharmacies will not close.

For information on actions you and community can take, please visit Steps to Stay Safe from COVID-19.  For general questions about COVID-19, call the hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email dph.sick@illinois.gov.

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