CHICAGO – Gov. J.B. Pritzker and state health officials announced Thursday the most deaths in Illinois though a 24-hour time span, 125, due to the coronavirus.
Additionally, the state announced in the daily press conference 1,140 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 (with local cases listed below), with new totals of 25,733 cases and 1,072 deaths.
“While these numbers are disheartening, I don’t want people to despair,” Illinois Dept. of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike said. “Instead, I want them to renew our collective resolve to do what is needed to end the pandemic. We continue to learn and amass new information about this virus every single day.”
Here are latest cases announced Thursday by local health departments:
Jefferson County (11 total)
- Female in her sixties, isolated at home.
- Male in his forties from Union County (4 total), isolated.
- Female from Alexander County (first case), isolated.
Public health officials expect more positive cases to be confirmed locally. The number of cases can be reduced by adhering to the stay at home order, washing hands frequently, disinfecting commonly touched surfaces, and maintaining space of at least six feet from others.