Two new COVID-19 cases reported in Wayne County

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CHICAGO (WEHT)- Two new COVID-19 cases in Wayne County are among the 1,677 new cases reported across Illinois Wednesday. The new cases brings the statewide total to 84,698. In addition, Dr. Ngozi Ezike of the Illinois Department of Public Health reported 192 new deaths from the virus statewide, bringing the total to 3,792.

However, Dr. Ezike says the increase in cases comes from an increase in testing across the state, with 17 percent of tests returning positive results.

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker says the state has delivered personal protective equipment to each of Illinois’ 102 counties. Pritzker added that the pandemic is not over, saying businesses that ignore the law will be held accountable by the state and by respective licensing organizations.

Gov. Pritzker also referenced comments he made Tuesday about Major League Baseball players, saying he supports their right to bargain and adding that he should’ve made his stance more clear.

Pritzker says he also spoke with the staffer who tested positive for the virus, adding that they are feeling fine.

Pritzker also called on Illinois lawmakers to pass a relief package for people, businesses, and local governments affected by the virus and its economic impact, but says it’s important to have a plan for balancing the budget while also investing in public health.

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(This story was originally published on May 13, 2020)

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