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Gov. Pritzker announces school mask mandate across Illinois

Published: Aug. 4, 2021 at 1:23 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 4, 2021 at 2:59 PM CDT
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ILLINOIS (WFIE) - On Wednesday, Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced a mask mandate for all K-12 schools in Illinois.

“My goal has always been to bring all kids safely back into the classroom at the start of the school year, and crucially, to keep them there,” Gov. Pritzker said.

The governor also unveiled that vaccinations are required for all state employees at congregate facilities.

The deadline to get fully vaccinated is October 4.

Masks will also be required in all long-term care facilities.

Gov. Pritzker says the move is necessary to stop the continued spread of the coronavirus.

You can watch the full announcement in the video below:

Earlier Wednesday, Pritzker announced the Illinois Department of Public Health has expanded COVID-19 testing to all K-12 Public Schools in Illinois.

The state’s all-time total sits at 1,430,265 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 23,476 deaths.

[Illinois COVID-19 website]

All area counties are in ‘red’ on the state’s community transmission map.

All Illinoisans age 12 and up can get vaccinated.

Click here to find a location.

Here is the total number of coronavirus cases and deaths reported in our area:

  • Wayne County - 1,964 cases, 53 deaths
  • White County - 1,874 cases, 26 deaths
  • Wabash County - 1,530 cases, 12 deaths
  • Edwards County - 659 cases, 12 deaths

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