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Gov. Pritzker gives update on COVID-19 surge in Ill.

Published: Jan. 12, 2022 at 9:50 AM CST|Updated: Jan. 12, 2022 at 4:54 PM CST
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CHICAGO, Ill. (KFVS) - Governor JB Pritzker gave an update on the surge of COVID-19 cases in Illinois.

The update was held at the James R. Thompson Center in Chicago at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 12.

He said the best place for kids right now is in the classroom.

The governor said health and safety must by the primary concerns for keeping schools from moving to remote learning.

He issued an executive order regarding COVID-19 school exclusion Tuesday to ensure those on school property stay safe.

Pritzker said the administration will continue to provide vaccinations, testing and masks to schools that request it.

Cases of COVID-19 in Illinois

According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, 237,157 individuals were tested for COVID-19 on Wednesday.

IDPH also reported 34,573 new COVID-19 cases and 144 virus-related deaths.

The state’s test positivity rate is 16.7 percent.

IDPH reports there have been a total of 2,522,953 COVID-19 cases, including 28,804 deaths in Illinois.

More than 19.7 million vaccines have been administered.

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