SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The state public health director has issued a somber warning that Illinois residents can expect mounting numbers of illness and death in the new month from the vicious spread of the coronavirus.
The 6,980 cases of COVID-19 reported Wednesday by Dr. Ngoze Ezike are double the state’s total just last Saturday.
Along with 986 new cases reported Wednesday were 42 deaths, the largest single-day increase since the first was reported March 17, bringing the state’s total to 141.
“The coming weeks are going to get more and more difficult as the number of cases and deaths continue to rise," Ezike said.
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There are no positive cases in our four counties in Illinois, but just outside the Tri-State, there is one in Saline County.
To lessen the chances of COVID-19 breaking out in a prison, Tuesday, Pritzker said he is looking at releasing some inmates.
He said it would be low-level offenders at the end of their sentences and also pregnant prisoners.