CHICAGO - Illinois health officials on Tuesday announced 1,287 new cases of the coronavirus, raising the state’s case total to 13,549.
There are also another 73 deaths from the disease in Illinois, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health. That is the largest single-day jump in deaths for the state so far. The state’s death toll is now 380 people.
“Let these numbers be a terrible reminder of the seriousness of this pandemic,” Governor JB Pritzker said.
The virus has been reported in 77 of the state's 102 counties. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years.
Of the 73 new deaths announced Tuesday, the youngest is a woman in her 30s, while the oldest is a person in their 90s, IDPH said.
Governor Pritzker also announced a staffer in his office tested positive for the virus.
As the battle against COVID-19 ramps up this week and Illinois residents are encouraged to stay inside, especially on Tuesday with 70s in the forecast, the battle between President Donald Trump and Governor Pritzker is also heating up.
“Pritzker from Illinois is happy. He may not be happy when he talks to the press, but he's a very happy man,” Trump said.
The war of "words" is more a war of "numbers," according to Governor Pritzker.
“To anyone who wants a response to some of the blame shifting coming out of the White House, all I have to say is, look at the numbers,” the governor said.
The federal government has sent the state 367,000 N95 masks, whereas Pritzker and his team have secured more than 9 million.
The number of surgical masks and gloves supplied by the feds is a far cry from what the governor has been able to order, he says, while competing against other states and countries.
“If we had relied upon the White House and its obligation to fulfill our needs from the SNS, our state and nearly every state in the United States would come up short,” Pritzker said.
The governor says we are in "ok" shape when it comes to ventilators, unless there is a spike in hospitalizations.
That’s one more reason why the state health director is imploring residents to continue to social distance even through the warm weather.
“Please stay home. I assure you if people congregate tomorrow, we will set the state back in our fight against COVID-19,” said Dr. Ngozi Ezike.
The governor also said the stay-at-home order includes this religious holiday week.
“Nobody wants to have police, you know, patrolling the parking lots of churches or synagogues, or mosques to you know, to break people up,” Pritzker said.
How much Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) are we going through in the state? In ten days, healthcare workers used just under 1.5 million N95 masks and 25 million gloves.
Gov. Pritzker on Friday recommended for the first time that people wear face coverings when venturing outside.
“This virus can be spread through droplets, like when you sneeze or cough,” Pritzker said. “So, blocking that by wearing a mask in public seems like a commonsense way to do what’s right for everyone. The most important thing you could do frankly is stay home.”
For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness and death.
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