SPRINGFIELD (AP) – With the announcement of four new cases in Illinois of COVID-19, Governor J.B. Pritzker Monday issued a disaster proclamation, which he said is Illinois’ version of a state of emergency.
The governor said the declaration will allow the state to tap additional federal resources and “reduces red tape across state government.” Pritzker added he wants citizens to understand the effect on their daily lives, but the government at all levels is working on the problem.
He pledged a daily press conference where information would be conveyed “honestly,” and asked for supplies (particularly medical supplies) to not be hoarded, but recommended to check on seniors and others who could be vulnerable.
“Look for helpers. There are always people who are helping,” he said, quoting Mr. Rogers.
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Chicago Department of Public Health announced four new COVID-19 cases in Illinois, bringing the total to 11. All four cases are in good condition.
The first two cases in the state announced last month have recovered without known transmission to additional individuals. The remaining patients are in isolation either at home or in a hospital.
IDPH is currently operating three testing labs statewide – Chicago, Springfield and Carbondale. In addition, a sample of patients with flu-like symptoms are being tested at 15 hospitals statewide: seven in Cook County, three in other areas of northern Illinois, three in central Illinois and two in southern Illinois to monitor for the presence of the virus.
To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, public health officials urge the general public to take the same precautions as during flu season – with renewed vigilance:
Vulnerable populations – including those 60 years and older or with certain health conditions like heart disease, lung disease, and weakened immune systems – are recommended to avoid large gatherings.
IDPH has a statewide COVID-19 hotline and website to answer any questions from the public or to report a suspected case – call 1-800-889-3931 or visit IDPH.illinois.gov.