ILLINOIS (WFIE) - Illinois Governor JB Pritzker gave a COVID-19 update Thursday.
Earlier Thursday, Gov. Pritzker announced a new $16.6 million investment to expand job opportunities for Illinoisans who have lost their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Through two new grants received from the U.S. Department of Labor, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity will distribute funding to place, train and hire nearly 1,300 residents for an array of jobs related to the ongoing pandemic response.
The funding includes an $8.3 million grant from the federal Disaster Recovery Grant Program and an $8.3 million grant from the federal Employment Recovery Grant – both part of the National Dislocated Worker Program.
Jobs include contact tracers, COVID-19 protocol workers, building sanitization workers, temperature screeners, and food preparation and distribution workers identified by local communities.
The State will distribute funding to 12 Local Workforce Innovation Areas (LWIAs) spanning 7 regions across Illinois.
Illinois has 253,690 total confirmed positive cases and 8,214 deaths.
Here are the current cases in our Illinois area:
- White County - 144 cases
- Wabash County - 123 cases, one death
- Edwards County - 48 cases
- Wayne County - 152 cases, two deaths