Pritzker reports more signs of 'flattening the curve'

Joanna Estrada
April 15, 2020

IL is reporting a total of 23,247 coronavirus cases, including 868 deaths.

Cook County: 1 male 30s, 3 males 40s, 2 females 50s, 3 males 50s, 1 unknown 50s, 1 female 60s, 5 males 60s, 5 females 70s, 3 males 70s, 2 females 80s, 5 males 80s, 3 females 90s, 1 female 100+.

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker issued a statewide home order on March 21, just four days after state primary.

When asked about the overreach today during his daily COVID-19 press conference yesterday, Pritzker said that it needs to happen to protect Illinois' workers under the current emergency orders.

There were 1,189 intensive care beds in use by COVID-19 patients Monday, an increase of 23 from last week. Patients on ventilators dropped from 29% last week to 25% this week.

Still, the governor said, "this curve may not flatten, and it may go up again, if we don't adhere to the stay-at-home order". "We need to stay the course for our efforts to remain effective". He also noted that he has talked with neighboring governors about presenting a united front when they eventually, gradually reopen sectors of the economy.

While other states have passed measures created to make it easier for first responders and health care workers to obtain workers' compensation benefits resulting from exposure to the COVID-19 virus, IL appears to be the first state to expand such protections to all workers who work in essential businesses.

The preconditions, the governor said, are widespread testing, tracing those who have contacted people with confirmed cases and being able to treat the virus. "The Governor needs to take charge and make this process work for the people of IL now". And while that day is not here yet, my team and I working to bring that about as are experts around the state and globe.

"In terms of what recommendations are officially put out are usually based not on anecdotes, but more so on trials and the results of trials", she said. "We are doing our best to learn from it and move forward".

Pritzker said he now intends to make voting by mail more accessible to the state's residents in time for November's general election. Since the beginning of March, the four IDES call centers around the state have received over one million phone calls.

"Although Council has taken every precaution in providing polling agents with hand sanitizers, gloves and instructions for wiping equipment, the fact remains that a person who has now tested positive has voted same polling station, "says the letter".

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