Gov. Pritzker: Illinois hasn’t hit peak

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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)

CHICAGO (WEHT)- Dr. Ngozi Ezike of the Illinois Department of Public Health announced Illinois now has over 33,000 known COVID-19 cases after an additional 1,551 cases were confirmed at a press conference Tuesday.

Additionally, 119 deaths were also confirmed, bringing the statewide total to 1,468 fatalities from the virus. Ezike pointed out that over half of the ventilators being used in the state are being used by patients with COVID-19. Dr. Ezike reminded Illinoisans that they should continue wearing masks in public.

Still, Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker announced that Illinois still has not reached a peak and may not until mid-May. Dr. Ezike said that without treatment or a vaccine, a potential second surge of COVID-19 cases in the fall when flu season hits could be “problematic.” Pritzker says he has “ruled out” reopening the economy at the moment in the same manner other states, including Georgia, are.

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(This story was originally published on April 21, 2020)

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