Illinois State Fair “highly unlikely” amid COVID-19

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CHICAGO (WEHT)- Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker called wearing face coverings a “collective act of patriotism” at his daily COVID-19 update Wednesday as COVID-19 cases and deaths continue to rise statewide.

Dr. Ngozi Ezike of the Illinois Department of Public Health announced Illinois has 2,270 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the statewide count to 68,232. Dr. Ezike also confirmed Illinois now has 2,974 total deaths from COVID-19 after an additional 136 deaths were announced. Ezike says that 30 percent of the state’s COVID-19 cases have ended up in the hospital.

Dr. Marina Del Rios says Illinois’ Latino community represents 40 percent of the new cases reported statewide in the past week.

Gov. Pritzker added that it is “highly unlikely” that Illinois will be able to host a state fair this summer amid COVID-19.

Pritzker also says that businesses who try to reopen before the stay-at-home order allows could lose their licenses. Pritzker added that the unemployment figure in Illinois could end up higher than it did for March.

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

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