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First COVID-19 death in Illinois confirmed, Pritzker says

In Tuesday afternoon’s news conference, Governor JB Pritzker announced that the state’s first death from the COVID-19 virus was a Chicago resident in her 60s who had close contact with another confirmed coronavirus case.

“We lost an Illinoisan today,” Pritzker said. “There will be more hard times in the coming weeks, but we will get through it and have election night rallies, weddings and dye the Chicago River green again.”

Director of the Chicago Public Health Department, Dr. Allison Arwady, said the resident was “a woman in her sixties who had underlying health conditions.”

Pritzker also announced that public health department officials recently reported the spread of the coronavirus to a long-term care facility – Chateau Nursing and Rehabilitation in Willowbrook.

There are 22 total cases at the facility, and the Illinois Department of Public Health has now confirmed an additional 21 cases at the facility, 17 residents and four staff.

There are 160 confirmed cases now of COVID-19 in the state, up from 105 confirmed on Monday. Will County has its second confirmed case, and Kane County has a total of three cases, while Lake County has seven.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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