Gov. Pritzker to extend disaster proclamation 30 days; Nearly 6,000 positive cases, 99 deaths in Ill.

Gov. Pritzker to extend disaster proclamation 30 days; Nearly 6,000 positive cases, 99 deaths in Ill.
Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker issued a statewide Stay at Home order to go into effect on Saturday, March 21 at 5 p.m. (Source: WFIE)

CHICAGO, Ill. (KFVS) - Governor JB Pritzker gave his daily briefing on Illinois’ response to COVID-19 in Chicago at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31.

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Posted by Governor JB Pritzker on Tuesday, March 31, 2020

The number of COVID-19 cases in Illinois has reached nearly 6,000.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reports, as of Tuesday afternoon, there are 5,994 positive cases of the virus in the state, with 99 deaths. Cases reported by county can be found here.

That was 937 new positive cases, including 26 new deaths.

  • Cook County - 2 men in their 50s, 1 man in his 60s, 2 women in their 60s, five men in their 70s, two women in their 70s, three men in their 80s and one man in his 90s
  • DuPage County - two women in their 70s
  • Kane County - one man in his 80s
  • Lake County - one woman in her 60s
  • McLean County - one man in his 70s
  • Morgan County - one man in his 80s
  • St. Clair County - one woman in her 30s
  • Will County - one man in his 80s and one woman in her 80s

The governor announced on Tuesday he will sign a 30-day extension of the state’s disaster proclamation on April 1.

The disaster proclamation provides the governor the authority to sign additional executive orders, extending the Stay at Home order and suspending on-site learning in kindergarten-12th grade schools through the month of April.

To decrease the spread spread of the virus, Governor JB Pritzker issued the Stay at Home order that went into effect at 5 p.m. on March 21.

The Illinois Gaming Board announced it extended the suspension of all video gaming operations at all licensed establishments of any kind and all casino gambling operations in Illinois until at least April 30.

As of March 30, preliminary reports from hospitals statewide show that 41 percent of the state’s adult ICU beds are “empty,” which means they are staffed and ready for immediate patient use. As far as ventilators, 68 percent were available statewide.

On March 13, Governor Pritzker first announced a temporary statewide closure of all K-12 schools. Schools will transition from Act of God Days to Remote Learning Days, with days counting toward the school year.

Each school district will create and implement a remote learning day plan to ensure all students, including students with disabilities and English learners, receive instructional materials and can communicate with their teachers.

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