CHICAGO (WEHT)- Illinois Governor JB Pritzker says Illinois has 18 new cases of COVID-19 since yesterday, increasing the state total to 64 cases. Authorities say they ran more than 300 tests yesterday and more than 1600 tests total so far but warn that more will come.
Pritzker started his address with a call for social distancing as young people celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and urging people who don’t have to travel, not to.
Today’s new cases include the first cases in central and southern Illinois, as most of the cases had been clustered in and around Cook County, where Chicago is located.
Officials say people who think they have COVID-19 should call a medical professional or the state hotline at 1-800-889-3931. They can also email DPH.SICK@ILLINOIS.GOV.
Officials also mentioned that older adults tend to suffer more severe symptoms. However, they also say that people should remain calm and practice self-isolation by limiting crowd sizes.
Right now, there are not any confirmed cases of coronavirus in our Tri-State area
(This story was originally published on March 14, 2020)