Gov. Pritzker issues disaster proclamation

Coronavirus Watch

CHICAGO (WEHT) — Illinois Governor JB Pritzker issued a disaster proclamation Monday as the number of coronavirus cases grows.

The proclamation allows the state to unlock additional federal resources and help prepare for the potential of further spread. Issuing a disaster proclamation is the method of declaring a state of emergency in the state of Illinois, which 13 states across the United States have entered into.

“As we’ve said from the beginning, the state of Illinois will use every tool at our disposal to respond to this virus, and this is the next step in that commitment,” said Pritzker.  “We stand ready to put the full weight of state government in preparation for a full-fledge response when needed and will continue to update the public regularly, responsibly and honestly as the situation evolves.”

The proclamation formalizes emergency procedures already underway across state government by activating the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC), physically bringing together decision-makers from every state agency and the state’s highly qualified mutual aid network to deploy resources as necessary during this public health threat.

Also Monday, the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Chicago Department of Public Health announced four new COVID-19 cases in Illinois, bringing the total to 11.

All four cases are in good condition. The first two cases in the state announced last month have recovered without known transmission to additional individuals. The remaining patients are in isolation either at home or in a hospital.

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(This story was originally published on March 9, 2020)

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