CHICAGO – As Gov. J.B. Pritzker undergoes a legal battle over his stay-at-home order with two Republican state lawmakers, health officials at Illinois’ daily COVID-19 briefing reported a record-high 144 deaths and 2,219 new cases of the novel coronavirus.
The state now reports totals of 48,102 cases, and 2,125 deaths.
State Representative John Cabello filed a lawsuit against at the stay-at-home order Tuesday similarly to Darren Bailey, who was granted a temporary restraining order against Pritzker and the order Monday.
Pritzker said the order still stands, as he noted confidence in his winning an appeal against the ruling in favor of Bailey.
“Let me remind everyone again: the stay-at-home order in Illinois is still very much in effect,” Pritzker said. “All of us maintain social distancing, wear masks in public and keep non-essential businesses closed until we can lower our still-increasing hospitalizations and lower our ICU bed use. The danger has not passed yet.”
Several cases were reported in southern Illinois Tuesday as well. Here are the latest:
Jackson County (77 total, 7 deaths)
- Females: one in her thirties, one in her forties, and one in her fifties
- Males: one in his twenties, one in his thirties, two in their fifties, and one in his sixties.
All cases were believed to have been acquired locally and each has been placed in isolation. Twenty-nine individuals have recovered.
Franklin-Williamson Bi-County (8 F, 28 W)
- Female in her twenties and male in his sixties, acquired locally while working at Gilster-Mary Lee, isolated.
Twelve Williamson County and five Franklin County cases have recovered.
Perry County (16 total)
- Male in his twenties
- Two females in their thirties
- Female in her fifties
- Male in his fifties
- Male in his sixties
All individuals are in quarantine.
White County (2 total)
- Male in his thirties, isolated at home.