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Illinois COVID-19 count jumps from 11 to 288 cases in one week, now in 17 counties

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In just one week, coronavirus cases have jumped from 11  to 288 as the State announced 128 new cases today across 17 counties in Illinois, including another case in Will County, bringing its total to 2. 

So far, no cases have been reported in Kankakee or Iroquois counties.  Cook County now reports 107 cases of COVID-19.

The State also said 20 additional people at a long-term care facility in Willowbrook have tested positive for COVID19.   All together 42 people connected to that facility have been confirmed with the virus, including 30 residents and 12 staff.  The first case at the Chateau Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Willowbrook was announced this weekend.

“My administration is doing everything in our power to support our working families and our small businesses during this time—which means a lot of new information coming at you every day. Consider our new website as a hub for all the resources we’ve developed in response to this crisis,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “If you want to review our announcements on unemployment eligibility benefits—which we expanded and sped up for those impacted by COVID-19—or the work we’ve done to prevent utility shut-offs, expand health care, and support small businesses, you’ll find it all on this new website at coronavirus.illinois.gov.”

Coronavirus.illinois.gov centralizes the breaking updates from state government, prevention and preparation tips, frequently asked questions and resources from public health experts. Live daily broadcasts will also be available here.

The Governor continues to make tough calls to keep Illinoisans safe, including mandating that events of 50 people or more be canceled, suspending dine-in operations of bars and restaurants and temporarily closing public and private K-12 schools. Public health officials continue to urge Illinoisans to stay home as much as possible.

Country Herald has set up it’s own dedicated COVID-19 webpage for our area for news dedicated to the coronavirus; you can find the latest here as the situation develops. Have a news tip? Use the forum above to submit or email us at news@countryherald.com.

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