Three more people have died in Illinois from the COVID-19 virus, bringing the state’s death toll to four people, Governor JB Pritzker said in Thursday afternoon’s news conference on the coronavirus.
“My heart goes out to the family and the friends of these patients and I feel like I can speak for all of Illinois when I say that we offer them our collective strength,” Pritzker said.
Among the three deaths announced today was a man in his 50s from Will County, a woman in her 80s from Cook County and a Florida woman who was visiting Sangamon County, he said.
There are now 422 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state. Pritzker said about 1,000 tests were completed Wednesday and the state will soon be able to do more per day.
Gov. Pritzker also announced that he will sign an executive order Thursday which will significantly expand “telemedicine” coverage for Illinois residents with Medicaid as well as those who are privately insured.
In this way, the governor’s office is working to “ensure that all our residents are able to get as many of the healthcare services that they need from the safety of their own home,” Pritzker said.
Wednesday, the state confirmed 128 new cases of COVID-19 in just one day’s time, with a total of 288 cases across 17 counties.
“Our total case count continues to grow exponentially,” Pritzker said. “For now this is because we’re doing more testing in Illinois.”
Source: The Daily Chronicle