Governor Pritzker Announces Updates on Hospitalizations and Ventilator Capacity

Coronavirus Watch Illinois

Source: dph.illinois.gov April 7, 2020

SPRINGFIELD, Ill (WEHT) Gov. JB Pritzker began Tuesday’s daily briefing by announcing a member of the governor’s office has tested positive for COVID-19.

The governor said the person began feeling unwell on March 26, and they send everybody in the office home. A deep cleaning was then done on the office. Pritzker said at the people, many people were already working from home.

The governor also provided an update on the state’s medical capacity to treat residents impacted by COVID-19.

“Since the earliest days of our COVID-19 response, my administration has worked with our state’s network of more than 200 hospitals to increase capacity in our existing health systems,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “These trends offer us further insight into the overall reach of COVID-19 in our state as we adjust the ‘how,’ ‘what’ and ‘where’ of our response.”

As of April 6, 3,680 known COVID-19 patients and suspected COVID-19 patients were hospitalized. COVID-19 patients in an intensive care unit (ICU) totaled 1,166, and 821 patients are on a ventilator. Suspected COVID-19 patients are individuals under investigation and assumed to have COVID-19 for the purpose of medical treatment.

There is currently one confirmed case of COVID-19 in the Illinois counties that we cover, and that case is in Wabash County.

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(This story was originally published on April 7, 2020)

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