Officials urge Illinoisans NOT to snort, ingest cleaning supplies

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Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker responds to a question after announcing that three more people have died in the state from from Covid-19 virus, two Illinois residents and one woman visiting from Florida, during a news conference Thursday, March 19, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

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CHICAGO (WEHT)- Dr. Ngozi Ezike of the Illinois Department of Public Health says poison control has received an increase in calls compared to this time in 2019 and says ingesting cleaning supplies is dangerous.

Dr. Ezike announced Illinois has crossed the 40,000 COVID-19 case mark after an additional 2,119 cases were reported Saturday, bringing the statewide total to 41,777. 80 new deaths were reported statewide, bringing the statewide total to 1,874 fatalities.

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker rebuffed the idea of reopening the state on a county by county basis, saying the virus “knows no boundaries.” Pritzker added that hairdressers and stylists should not be making house calls during the stay at home order.

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(This story was originally published on April 25, 2020)

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