ILLINOIS. (WFIE) - The number of confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus have increased by about 1,400 in Illinois.
Health officials say Saturday that Illinois has 10,357 reported confirmed positive cases and 243 deaths across 68 counties.
The Illinois Department of Public Health reported Friday that there were just over 8,900 confirmed positive coronavirus cases.
The number of deaths rose by 33 between Friday and Saturday. About two dozen were in Cook County.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Friday recommended for the first time that people wear face coverings when venturing outside.
Governor Pritzker and his team announced during his Friday update that 500 beds are now set up as an alternate care facility at McCormick Place, which is the convention center in Chicago.
They say they have the capacity to grow by 2,500 more.