Governor Pritzker announced during his daily press conference three additional deaths in Illinois from COVID-19. Officials announced a total of 134 new coronavirus cases in Illinois, bringing it’s total to 422.
Among those deaths, a resident from Will County in his 50s, a Cook County resident and an out-of-state resident in her 70s who was in Sangamon County . Cases have occurred in ages 9 to 99. Five additional counties are now reporting cases; Jackson, Kankakee, LaSalle, Washington, and Williamson counties.
Among those new in count members include additional nursing homes. No further information was given.
Will County now has 9 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There have been no reported cases in Iroquois County.
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. However, all precautions to prevent additional spread should be taken and staff and residents should be closely monitored for respiratory illness.
While these numbers are concerning, the State of Illinois says it is 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. The State of Illinois has been recognized as a leader in the COVID-19 crisis.