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4 more COVID-19 deaths in Illinois; Pritzker outlines worst-case scenarios

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Cecil Davis | 26 March, 2020, 23:40

The Illinois Department of Public Health on Thursday reported an additional 673 cases of the new coronavirus, COVID-19, bringing the total to 2,538 in 37 counties.

The death reported Thursday was the third in Will County.

There are now 26 coronavirus-related fatalities statewide.

Meanwhile, the state's death toll from COVID-19 reached 19 Wednesday, with the state announcing the deaths of a Kane County man in his 90s, a Cook County man in his 60s and a Will County woman in her 50s.

There are 250 more confirmed cases across the state with 4 new deaths, bringing the total to 1,535 total confirmed cases, according to Dr. Ngozi Ezike with the IDPH. The Will County Health Department has announced that their are now 30 confirmed case of coronavirus in Will County.

He is being treated in a local hospital.

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker said during a press conference Thursday that President Donald Trump has granted his request fo for a federal major disaster declaration. That new amount represents more than double the 753 cases that had been confirmed as of Saturday.

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Pritzker said he also is seeking another disaster declaration for all 102 counties of IL to be able to access the Federal Emergency Management Agency's individual assistance program.

While hospitals are now meeting the demand for beds and ventilators, Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Tuesday outlined what could've happened had he not ordered people to stay at home, and closed schools, restaurants and bars to slow the spread of the virus.

Now, more than 2,000 tests are performed daily at state-run labs, hospitals, commercial companies and drive-thru facilities, and at mobile testing sites set up by the Illinois National Guard and U.S. Department of Human Health and Human Services. "But we must confront that head-on as well".

The White House announced that IL will receive 300 more ventilators.

USA unemployment claims this week broke the previous single-week record almost five times over, he said.

"These funds will provide small businesses on the brink with much needed working capital to continue making payroll and paying other bills while our administration continues to advocate for additional resources from the federal government", Guthrie said. The money will be distributed to non-profit groups to help with emergency food and basic supplies for people impacted by the virus.

Officials say almost $23 million has already been raised.