One person dies from coronavirus in Illinois


ILLINOIS (WCIA) — Governor Pritzker announced one person has died from coronavirus in Illinois.

In his daily press briefing, Pritzker said a woman in her 60s in Chicago died. She was diagnosed earlier this month and had underlying conditions.

The Illinois Department of Public Health said there are also 22 cases in a DuPage County assisted living facility. That includes 18 patients and 4 staff members. This brings the number of new cases to 55 in the state. The Governor announced there are 160 confirmed cases statewide.

During that press conference, the governor reminded everyone that all schools are closed through March 30. Bars and restaurants will be closed through this time as well.Those schools that are closed will be provided two meals for all students assuming the district they attend is not otherwise on spring break during this time period. Meals will be available for pick-up and, in some cases, delivery. It is important for parents to understand that information about these meals and how to get them will be provided through their schools’ websites.

Pritzker said the state is also working with meal delivery companies so restaurants that normally do not do delivery can provide services during this time.

The governor’s office is also taking steps to expand unemployment eligibility. He has filed a federal waiver for Medicaid eligibility to cover COVID-19.

He also established a statewide economic injury declaration to help small businesses.

The attorney general also spoke Tuesday. He addressed price gouging, hoarding and products being pitched as being able to cure COVID-19; of which, there are none at this time.

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