Governor JB Pritzker announced the “Care Comes First” action plan. It is a series of efforts led by the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services to expand medical coverage for residents across the state.
Italy, with by far the most deaths from COVID-19, surpassed China and the U.S. to also record the most infections in the world. With numbers rising in the U.S., though, the grim distinction could be temporary.
While the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms in most people, it can lead to more severe illnesses, including pneumonia and death for some, like those who are older or have underlying health issues.
Illinois will be increasing SNAP benefits, funding to support people experiencing homelessness, and a stipend to child care providers who have provided child care to essential workers during this crisis.