Gov. Pritzker holds news conference on coronavirus


Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, along with local elected and health officials speak Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, in Chicago, to members of the media about Illinois preparedness for COVID-19. (Tyler LaRiviere/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

ILLINOIS (WCIA) – Illinois Governor JB Pritzker held a news conference Friday to discuss how the state will handle the coronavirus moving forward.

It is already screening people coming in from international travel, expanding the number of testing labs and giving schools and daycares guidance on how to prevent disease spreading.

Select hospitals will be starting a voluntary testing program, hoping to find cases early.

“Our top priority is keeping Illinoisians safe. And to this point, Illinois has successfully contained the virus to two confirmed cases and both have fully recovered and returned home,” said Pritzker.

Pritzker also urged businesses and schools to review emergency plans and to always keep people out of the public if they are sick.

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(This story was originally published on Feb. 28, 2020)

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