Watch Above: Illinois Governor JB Pritzker and state health officials provide an update on the spread of COVID-19 in the state, and measures taken to combat it
There are now over 1,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and nine deaths from the virus in Illinois, state officials announced Sunday.
In their daily update on the spread of the virus, officials said there is now a total of 1,049 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in Illinois, found among 8,374 individuals who have been tested.
There have also been three additional deaths in the state since figures were released Saturday, including a Cook County man in his 80s, a Chicago man in his 80s and a McLean County woman in her 70s. There have now been a total of nine deaths in Illinois.
The new figures reflect cases found in 30 counties, including 519 cases in Chicago, and 286 in Cook County outside of the city. Jo Daviess, Livingston, Rock Island, and Stephenson counties reported their first cases.
One new case includes an infant, although it’s unknown if the mother passed it to the baby during pregnancy or delivery, or if they contracted it somewhere else, according to Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike.
“Unfortunately the number of cases will continue to increase, as will the number of deaths,” Ezike said, calling on people to do their “individual and collective parts” to prevent further spread of the virus.
During his daily address, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker also mentioned some of the efforts from businesses, researchers and community organizations to provide support to those affected by COVID-19 and its economic effects.
Local distilleries are producing hand sanitizer for health care workers, neighbors are buying groceries for elderly neighbors, and teachers are mobilizing to support students in need, Pritzker said.
“We asked all of you to help in any way that you can and overwhelmingly you have responded, you are asking your elected officials and your local businesses and your social networks about what more you can do,” Pritzker said.