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Illinois announces 168 new cases of COVID-19, one additional death

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health announced 168 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), including one fatality, at their joint daily news briefing Saturday.

The IDPH states DeKalb County reported its first confirmed case, but the release provides no further details.

A Cook County man in his 70s has died. To date, six people have died within Illinois due to COVID-19 and 6,247 individuals have been tested.

The IDPH also reports the total number of confirmed, positive cases is now 753, up from 585 cases from Friday’s news briefing. Cases have occurred in ages 3 to 99 across 26 counties.

Gov. Pritzker previously announced a shelter-in-place order on Friday, which will go into effect 5 p.m. Saturday through Tuesday, April 7. Essential businesses such as grocery stores, gas stations, food banks, restaurants, banks, newspapers, etc. will remain open.

This story will be updated.

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Source: The Daily Chronicle

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