Illinois crosses 50,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases

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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 confirmed 2,253 new COVID-19 cases statewide Wednesday, bringing the statewide total to 50,355.

An additional 92 deaths were also confirmed Wednesday, bringing the new total to 2,215 deaths across Illinois.

Dr. Ezike says there are 5,036 COVID-19 patients in Illinois hospitals, with 1,290 people in intensive care units, and 777 patients on ventilators.

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Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker says the state has donated nearly 20 million units of protective personal equipment to county health departments, hospitals, nursing homes, and nonprofit organizations in all of Illinois’ 102 counties.

Pritzker says that includes over 10 million surgical masks, nearly two million N95 masks, over 173,000 surgical gowns, over 7 million surgical gloves, and over 440,000 face shields. Pritzker says the state received a shipment of PPE from FEMA on Monday.

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(This story was originally published on April 29, 2020)

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