Health officials: 1st COVID-19 case confirmed in Wayne Co.

IL reports 125 new coronavirus-related deaths, the state’s highest single-day death total

Health officials: 1st COVID-19 case confirmed in Wayne Co.
IL Gov. Pritzker giving daily update. (Source: WFIE)

ILLINOIS (WFIE) - The Wayne County Health Department is reporting that a resident has tested positive with COVID-19 - the county’s first confirmed case.

County health officials say they were notified of the individual’s positive test result on Thursday morning.

In a press release sent out later on Thursday, the Health Department said the individual who tested positive is currently isolating at home to control the transmission of the virus.

Public health officials say they are investigating the case and speaking with people who may have come into contact with the individual.

Meanwhile, Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker and other officials announced 125 additional coronavirus-related deaths on Thursday afternoon.

So far, this is the greatest number of statewide deaths over the course of a single day.

State health officials also reported 1,140 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Illinois is currently reporting 25,733 confirmed cases and 1,072 total deaths.

You can watch Gov. Pritzker’s full Thursday press conference in the video below:

Thursday, Governors JB Pritzker (IL), Gretchen Whitmer (MI), Mike DeWine (OH), Tony Evers (WI), Tim Walz (MN), Eric Holcomb (IN) and Andy Beshear (KY) announced that they will work in close coordination to reopen the economy in the Midwest region.

The governors said, “We are doing everything we can to protect the people of our states and slow the spread of COVID-19, and we are eager to work together to mitigate the economic crisis this virus has caused in our region. Here in the Midwest, we are bound by our commitment to our people and the community. We recognize that our economies are all reliant on each other, and we must work together to safely reopen them so hardworking people can get back to work and businesses can get back on their feet.

“Today, we are announcing that Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Indiana, and Kentucky will work in close coordination to reopen our economies in a way that prioritizes our workers’ health. We look forward to working with experts and taking a fact-based, data-driven approach to reopening our economy in a way that protect families from the spread of COVID-19.

“Our number one priority when analyzing when best to reopen our economy is the health and safety of our citizens. We will make decisions based on facts, science, and recommendations from experts in health care, business, labor, and education.

“We will closely examine at least these four factors when determining when best to reopen our economy:

  • Sustained control of the rate of new infections and hospitalizations.
  • Enhanced ability to test and trace.
  • Sufficient health care capacity to handle resurgence.
  • And best practices for social distancing in the workplace.

“Phasing in sectors of our economy will be most effective when we work together as a region. This doesn’t mean our economy will reopen all at once, or that every state will take the same steps at the same time. But close coordination will ensure we get this right. Over time, people will go back to work, restaurants will reopen, and things will go back to normal. We look forward to working together as one region to tackle this challenge together.”

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