Over 12,000 COVID-19 cases, 307 deaths in Illinois

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FILE – In this Oct. 28, 2019 file photo, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker answers questions during a news conference at the Capitol in Springfield, Ill. Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has spent at least $3 million of his own money for state expenses including staff raises and building renovations. Experts call the practice is troubling because money spent from private funds isn’t subject to open records laws and that it gives wealthy candidates an edge. A Pritzker spokeswoman defended the practice, saying the Democrat believes Illinoisans are worth investing in. (Ted Schurter/The State Journal-Register via AP File)

CHICAGO (WEHT)- Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker says Illinois has received just a “small fraction” of the protective personal equipment needed from the strategic national stockpile as cases in Illinois continue to rise.

Pritzker says the state continues to order millions of masks, face shields, gowns, and gloves, even as a worldwide shortage worsens. Despite that, Pritzker says Illinois still as enough ventilators, as of Monday.

So far, only one confirmed case has been reported in our local Illinois counties. Both Pritzker and Dr. Ngozi Ezike of the Illinois Department of Public Health are urging Illinoisans not to congregate, even as Spring brings warmer weather across the state.

Pritzker recommends stocking up on two-weeks worth of groceries while Illinoisans can, to limit potential exposure during the virus peak and help bend its curve.

With religious holidays such as Passover and Easter coming up, he says people should look into using technology to connect and worship during this time.

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(This story was originally published on April 6, 2020)

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