Health officials have announced 465 new cases of COVID-19 in Illinois with 13 additional deaths, including the deaths of an infant and a state employee who tested positive for the virus.
A full investigation to determine the cause of death of the Cook County infant is currently taking place.
“I know how difficult this news can be, especially about this very young child. Upon hearing it, I admit I was immediately shaken and it’s appropriate for any of us to grieve today,” Gov. JB Pritzker said.
Other deaths include seven additional deaths in Cook County, one death in McHenry County, two deaths in Kane County, one death in Lake County and one death in Will County.
There is also a new case in McLean County, bringing the total to 11, though there is still only one death.
According to Pritzker, testing capacity is being increased daily and his team has been working nonstop to receive additional supplies to slow the virus after one week of the stay-at-home order being put in place.
Pritzker and his team are also looking to expand and create hospital facilities across the state to help slow the pace and evolution of the virus.
His administration has also continued to search for more personal protective equipment, leading to the actions of reeling in more supplies for those who are still in need of it.
Pritzker’s partnership with the city of Chicago and the U.S Army Corps of Engineers has brought the decision to use the city’s McCormick Place Convention Center as Illinois’ first field hospital. More details of this decision and action will be provided by Pritzker in the coming days.
“The baseline is that we’re not waiting for the worst, we’re preparing ourselves for the worst,” Pritzker said.