Gov. Pritzker discusses COVID-19 response, infrastructure in southern Ill. visit

Gov. Pritzker discusses COVID-19 response, infrastructure in southern Ill. visit
Governor JB Pritzker was at SIU in Carbondale on Tuesday. (Source: KFVS)

CARBONDALE/CAIRO, Ill. (KFVS) - Governor JB Pritzker has scheduled an all-day visit in southern Illinois on Tuesday, Aug. 4.

During his first stop, Gov. Pritzker discussed the COVID-19 response in Jackson County on the Southern Illinois University campus.

The governor spoke with local leaders at 10:30 a.m. in the SIU Student Center Ballroom.

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Jackson County has seen a recent increase in the number of COVID-19 cases, particularly in residents in their late teens to mid-20s.

On Friday, the Illinois Department of Public Health placed Jackson County and several other southern Illinois counties on a ‘warning level’ list for COVID-19.

After his discussion in Carbondale, Pritzker will take a tour of a local food drive in Cairo at the Junior/Senior High School.

At 2:30 p.m. the governor will join local leaders at Magnolia Manor in Cairo to discuss building Illinois’ infrastructure and the development of a river port in Cairo.

Pritzker is scheduled to announce a $40 million grant for the construction of the new river port.

Plans are under way to build the Cairo River Port Terminal project, which will be located at the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers.

According to State Senator Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg), several multi-billion dollar companies have expressed interest in the project.

After the discussion, Pritzker will tour a river port in Cairo.

Illinois cases

The Illinois Department of Public Health announced 1,471 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, August 4, including 19 additional deaths.

That brings the total number of cases in Illinois to 184,712, including 7,545 deaths.

As of Monday night, 1,496 people were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 365 patients were in the ICU and 125 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

Currently, 2,849,395 Illinoisans have been tested for the virus.

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