Over 15,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Illinois


Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, along with local elected and health officials speak Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, in Chicago, to members of the media about Illinois preparedness for COVID-19. (Tyler LaRiviere/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

CHICAGO (WEHT)- An additional 82 fatalities were reported in Illinois Wednesday as the state confirmed more than 15,000 total cases statewide.

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker said Illinois still has not met its goal of reaching 10,000 COVID-19 tests per day, adding that they just passed 6,000 cases. Pritzker announced that some of the equipment Illinois bought to process tests have not been providing valid information.

While the number of cases continue to increase statewide, Dr. Ngozi Ezike of the Illinois Department of Public Health says the rate of increase has been slowing, but warns that Illinoisans still need to practice social distancing as the peak of cases nears.

So far, there is only one confirmed case in our Illinois counties.

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(This story was originally published on April 8, 2020)

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