Illinois: 296 Additional COVID-19 Cases, Including 1 Infant

State health officials also reported three new deaths.

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March 22, 2020 - 4:02 pm
Illinois Now Has 296 COVID-19 Cases

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The number of COVID-19 cases as Illinois is in its first full day of Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s stay-at-home order.

Dr. Ngozi Ezike, director of the Illinois Department of Health, announced Sunday during Pritzker's coronavirus briefing that the state now has 296 additional reported COVID-19 cases, including one infant, as well as three new deaths. The new cases bring the state's reported COVID-19 cases total to 1,049, with a total of nine deaths. 

"Unfortunately the number of cases will continue to increase as will the number of deaths. But we ask that you listen to our guidance and take all preventative measures to avoid becoming sick and to avoid infecting others," Ezike said. "We are all in this together. And doing our individual and collective parts, we will see our way through this." 

State health officials also encouraged Illinoisans to volunteer to help feed homeless shelter guests, pack and deliver food to those in need and donate blood as the Red Cross is experiencing an unprecedented blood shortage since the coronavirus pandemic's onset.

Despite the dire news, Pritzker pointed out some good things taking place in Illinois right now. 

“A few days Koval Distillery in Chicago — known for making whiskey and gin — announced that it would shut down that part of their operations and, instead, start producing hand sanitizer for healthcare workers. As of this morning, they had already raised over $17,000 via Go Fund Me to make their product available for free.  28 Mile Vodka up in Lake County is doing the same,” Pritzker shared. 

Illinois’ stay-at-home order remains in effect through April 7. 

Listen to the full address below.